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Up Close And Personal With A Southern Right Whale

I spend a lot of time at the beach and around the coast. Like a lot. I’ll use the time frame of the last 18 months and during this time I have seen whales at the beach three times.



I would say this is probably about one percent of my visits, probably less. So when I do manage to see one (or however many there is) I try to pounce. So far this year we have spotted and captured two Southern Right Whales about 1.8km off of Muriwai and a pod of Orca at Waiwera. I feel if I spent more time out on boats I would probably see more but I’ll stick to the examples I have.

Here is a clip I recently threw up on Instagram and had some great feedback so here it is on YouTube, forever!

All I will say is that GoPros with a floaty backpack attached point straight down when floating. This was actually shot mid last year on a Friday afternoon. A friend coming running around home and said there was a whale in the bay which very quickly changed my plans for the rest of the day. Here’s the resulting drone video

Shooting whales can be a sensitive topic. Hell even putting the words “shooting” and “whales” together can be a sensitive topic.

The plan is to one day be able to shoot them from in the water which will happen. I could just be waiting a while.

See you at the beach!






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We Found Two Southern Right Whales At Muriwai

I touched on this in the last blog post but here is a little edit of two wonderful creatures we saw way off Muriwai Beach last Sunday.

We first spotted a waterspout and a little bit of colour. What is it? No idea.

Approximately 1700m later is when I located a whale on my screen. A minute or so later I safely identified it as a Southern Right Whale. A minute or so after that, much to my surprise I saw the other whale.

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Two Southern Right Whales just cruising to the north approximately 1800m off the sand dunes. ¬†Were the seen by anyone else? I don’t know. Peep the video below!

It’s intense flying that far out requiring your full concentration. I guess take off to landing was a little over the 10 minute mark.

While I have your attention you can see the last video I shot of a Southern Right at Omaha last year

Nature is great isn’t it!

See you at the beach.