Whale Sighting Otago

The Otago Peninsula is one of our favorite New Zealand wildlife regions, accessed via the South Island city of Dunedin. Here's a story from local news outlet "NewsHub" about what happened yesterday when a couple of Southern Right Whales turned up at the local surf beach St Clair.

"A Dunedin surfer and paddle-boarder had a once in a lifetime experience paddling with a pair of Southern Right Whales off Dunedin's Saint Clair Beach today. Newshub cameras were rolling as the pair frolicked with the whales just 100 yards offshore. Paddle-boarder Craig Latta says the mammals, which can weigh up to 65 tons, were very graceful and inquisitive toward their human visitors" 

You can see the encounter here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?

By the way, we checked the water temperature at St Clair Beach today. It was a typically beautiful Dunedin mid-winters day, but the water was a bracing 45 °F.


Footnote - Dunedin surfers are known for their fierce loyalty to the many surf breaks around Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. So it was no surprise that in an interview, Craig Latta (seen above kneeling on his paddle-board) couldn't resist giving his beach a plug by suggesting a reason for the whales making a visit - "St Clair is the best surfing spot in New Zealand so I guess that's why they're here". Not sure about that one Craig.

Dunedin is included in many of our New Zealand journeys, including this 12 day itinerary - The Heart of New Zealand Self Drive

We acknowledge media company Southern Stringers for this image and video.


Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Aug 11, 2016