Whales or No Whales???

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May 28th 2011
Published: July 7th 2017
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No whales! Tour was cancelled due to rough seas😞 We woke in the
morning on Saturday to clear skies and little wind. The waves were a
lot smaller than they were the day before and it looked great. We went
to the tour place to check in and they said there was a sea sickness
warning for our tour. I bought a pill and took that and then we waited
outside until it was time to go in to the briefing room. We sat down
and then the announcement came that the tour was cancelled. The wind
had picked up and we could see white caps out on the ocean. We got in
the line and re-booked for the next tour at 1:15. Drove down to the end
of the road in Kaikoura where there is a seal colony and ate our lunch
by the seals. Went back to the tour office and waited in the briefing
room. Another announcement came that the tour was cancelled as well due
to the rough seas out by where the whales were. So we did not get to
see any whales. Insead we went back to the seal colony. There is a
walk around the Kaikoura Peninsula and we walked up to the lookout point
at the top of the hill. There were some great views of the snowy
mountains that provide a backdrop to the town and also views out over
the water. Then we spent a good hour or so sitting by the seals. Some
very rude young boys were walking right up to them and poking them with
sticks. We were hoping a seal would bite them, but no luck. Most just
swam off to find other places to sleep. There was a smaller looking one
and we were waiting for it to get up, but it didn't and we were getting
cold so we headed back to the hotel. Ended up getting a nice dinner of
toasted cheese sandwiches and chips which we ate by the water. The sky
was clear and we saw a few stars.


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