October 2019 Whale Watching Highlights
07 Nov 2019

October 2019 Whale Watching Highlights

This month we saw at least 1 marine mammal species on all of our trips - a 100% sightings rate which is above our normal average of 90%!    The month started with another sighting of a pygmy blue whale and then later on in the week, a juvenile humpback whale - our first humpback since December 201…



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The Hauraki Gulf Seabirds of the Year 2019
28 Oct 2019

The Hauraki Gulf Seabirds of the Year 2019

The annual Bird of the Year competition (hosted by Forest and Bird) has just opened for voting for 2019! Given that >20% of the world's seabird species can be seen in New Zealand, we're backing those found in the Hauraki Gulf for the title this year.   Australasian Gannet (Tākapu) Australasi…



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Species Spotlight: Oceanic Manta Rays vs Spine-Tailed Devil Rays
11 Oct 2019

Species Spotlight: Oceanic Manta Rays vs Spine-Tailed Devil Rays

The current knowledge of the oceanic manta rays s is very limited so we have created this blog post in conjunction with Manta Watch New Zealand to raise awareness of the work they are doing to find out more about these majestic creatures.   1. Size - Adult oceanic manta rays weigh up to 2,000kg…



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