Story: Whales

Kaikōura sperm whales

Most whales seen at Kaikōura are young males. They live in bachelor schools from about the age of 10 until they start breeding at about 25. This video clip shows a group expelling the air from their lungs and re-oxygenating after a deep dive.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Whales - Sperm whale', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/7098/kaikoura-sperm-whales (accessed 23 February 2017)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006