IUCN Status: Endangered
NZ Classification: Data Deficient
Reaching up to approximately 15m in the Southern Hemisphere, they have a similar size and appearance to the Hauraki Gulf’s resident Bryde’s whales. Similarly to Bryde’s whales, they also have a short dive time of approx 5-10 minutes.
Sei whales are one of the fastest species of baleen whale and can swim at speeds of up to 30 knots (55km/hr).
While we see Bryde’s whales year-round in the Hauraki Gulf, sei whales are only occasional visitors.
Book your place on our next whale watching tour from downtown Auckland.