|Listening for whales with hydrophone|
He came up to the surface for just a couple of minutes and went back down again Then about 10 minutes later came back up and stayed on the surface for about five minutes. This was a whale they have been seeing here for about 20 years. They come to the surface to stock up on air. Then they sound for about 50 minutes. It was amazing! We also saw a few dusky dolphins closer to shore.
|Feeding in these waters were a couple of albatross species and these petrels (I think they are Cape Petrels)|
Then it was back on the bus and heading south to Christchurch, where we visited the Antarctic Centre and learned all about the desert continent. The Centre is located right next to the airport and the hangar where expeditions begin the 10 hour flight down there. I think they said there are 60 research stations there! The most fun part of the visit was the ride around the dirt track in the Haggalund, almost like a roller coaster!
|This is us tracking through water up to the windows!|
We arrived at our accommodation in the Meadow Park area of Christchurch (NZ's 3rd largest city) in time to let the kids shop at a nearby mall before dinner. Then after dinner we all learned the Haka, a Maori war chant. These kids are smart--they picked it up fast and did a great job learning the Maori words and actions.
|Aidan teaching us the haka|