Male sperm whale sounding just off Kaikoura, located on the eastern coast of South Island, New Zealand.
A deep (4000’) sea trench is located minutes by boat off of Kaikoura, NZ. Male bachelor sperm whales live here year round, diving to immense depths in search of meals of giant squid or fish. After 40" or so given to a deep dive, sperm whales rise to the surface for life-giving breaths. Sperm whales’ oxygenation of their muscles is 95% whereas humans oxygenate approximately 20% of their tissue in a deep breath. Amazing creatures, aren’t they?
This whale tail was captured as Tiaki, the Protector in Maori, dove for a meal in the depths off of Kaikoura. Tiaki received his name as he was once observed fending off an attack on a smaller sperm whale.
Near Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
Camera equipment: Canon 40D with a Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/500, f 8.0, focal length 275mm, ISO 400.
December 3, 2008.