Whale right in the harbour

Dunedin is becoming well known for it’s wildlife, especially associated with the ocean. Penguins, seals, sea lions and albatross are all becoming easy to see, and I have seen a sea leopard lying on Aramoana beach once.

Whales seem to be slowly coming back too. Recently a pair of southern right whales were seen off St Clair Beach.

Yesterday, for the first time that I’ve heard of, a whale came right into the harbour.

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That’s in the shipping channel near the entrance to Otago Harbour, looking towards the container terminal at Port Chalmers (which is a lot further away than the photo suggests).

There’s often sea lions in that area just around the corner from Aramoana Beach (which is also where I saw the sea leopard), but I haven’t heard of a whale venturing in like this before.

The direction the sea lion is looking is towards Taiaroa head where the albatross colony is, plus a shag colony, with seals scattered around the rocks.

More at ODT: New divers happen on the right experience

 

 

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36 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  22nd September 2016

    Must have been a fabulous sight to see.

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  2. Gezza

     /  22nd September 2016

    Awesome sight PG.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd September 2016

    Dotcom shows that size is no barrier to being a swimmer. (second photo)

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  22nd September 2016

      MOD!!

      A fattist and vile remark. 😡

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  22nd September 2016

        At least she didn’t harpoon him.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  22nd September 2016

          Where’s the fattism or vileness ? It’s a compliment.

          I said nothing about how fat people should not be allowed to ‘breed’, or that they are ‘lardos’ or any other sizeist remarks. Vileness is fat-shaming a child. Vileness & fattism are making and/or repeating remarks about how appalling it is that fat people should be allowed to breed as if they were animals.

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          • Nick Ellis

             /  22nd September 2016

            Kitty’s a eugenicist, what a surprise.

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  22nd September 2016

            C’mon now Kitzy……please don’t try to deflect the situation away from yourself. You made an uncalled for *personal and fattist comment* about a well known individual, whom you *actually named*. If I was poor old Kimmie, I think I would find it both gratuitous and offensive 😎

            In fact Wayne was just saying, it might even be *a case of the pot calling the kettle black* ❓ He seems to remember you saying here on another thread a few months back, that you were into *Sz14 Bloomers* o_O

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  22nd September 2016

              Vileness is repeating Wayne’s sexist remarks.

              Vileness is Wayne making crude sexual remarks about a recent widow and you being crass enough to repeat them, as has happened here. As the then recent widow, I was revolted by this as anyone would have been in the circumstances. I know nobody who would say this, and no woman who would have repeated it.

              Wayne’s mind and memory are going if he ‘remembers’ things that never happened. Who on earth-except perhaps people as old as his mother-calls knickers bloomers nowadays ? Why would he imagine such things about a stranger’s underwear ? This is, to say the least, strange, and if my late husband had done it I wouldn’t have been telling anyone.

              I am not a eugenicist. Quoting something doesn’t mean that one agrees with it, and saying that the original remarks were vile is a clue that this is the case-or should be. Katie Hopkins was outraged that some large-sized women had been allowed to ‘breed’, and Nellie repeated this-of course. The same source (KT H) had a child being fat-shamed. Any adult who fat-shames a child is despicable.

              How can saying that someone’s size is no barrier to them swimming be ‘fattist’ ? It is a simple statement of fact, like saying that being blind is no barrier to being a runner.

              I’d have thought that referring to women as lardos was extremely fattist, as is saying that it’s outrageous that they can breed.

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  22nd September 2016

  4. Gezza

     /  22nd September 2016

    What second photo?

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    • Klik Bate

       /  22nd September 2016

      You don’t think Kitty actually reads anything, do you Gezza? LOL

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd September 2016

        The photo that is the still of the video, Otago Daily Times.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  22nd September 2016

          It would appear that you don’t, Klik, or that you can’t count beyond one.

          There are two (2) photos here, Klik. One (1) shows a whale’s tail. The other shows a black shape. The shape one is number two (2) It is a still photo from a video. If you click onto it, the video will play. If you don’t, it will stay a photo.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  22nd September 2016

    WOW i post with nutters feel free to abuse your selfs

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  6. patupaiarehe

     /  22nd September 2016

    Truly magnificent creatures. It must be pretty scary for them, when they accidentally swim in to the harbour, and ‘see’ a wall of shore in front of them. Good call by the instructor, to tell everyone to stay on the boat. Inadvertently ‘cornering’ a wild animal that size could easily have tragic results.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  22nd September 2016

      click on to cc for the translation enjoy

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  22nd September 2016

        Kiaora my marsupial friend, this track is one of my favourites. Our friend G speaks of appreciating music, and not caring much for lyrics. In this song, Te Reo is part of the music. It just flows, in a beautiful symphony…
        Imagine it being sung in English…. Yeah, nah!

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd September 2016

          No. That’s not right at all, patu. What I have said is that when I listen to songs it’s the music I hear first and foremost. The vocals I hear as party of the whole muical pastiche. It’s probably why I love harmonies so much, in rock and other contemporary genres, gospel, Maori, Pasifika, African singing etc.

          My ear is tuned to melodies. Where there are lots of them going on in or musical pieces, I hear them all.

          It’s how my brain processes music, and why I don’t need to understand the words to love songs in languages I don’t understand.

          What I explained sometime in the past is that I often only listen to the words later, sometimes after hearing a favourite song on the radio several times, because it is the music which captures me.

          But you have heard some of my own songs. And you have listened to many I have posted. And I have listened to yours. The lyrics can be VERY important to me, as you must have realised from those.

          I don’t mind if you have misunderstood what I said, but I don’t want you to misrepresent my meaning in that way to anybody else.

          I hope this clarifies things?

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  23rd September 2016

            Do you not appreciate the beautiful waiata that just tickled your ears G?? Here is one from a white mans perspective, two years before Aaron wrote this song, he was just another face in the audience. He wrote this one while on tour, to capture his disbelief that he had finally ‘made it’. Enjoy…

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd September 2016

            Yes, I did. Did you understand what I said?

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  23rd September 2016

              I think so G. I misquoted you, without actually quoting you. My bad. You ‘feel’ music, as do I. In future I will not assume that you ‘feel’ music in the same way I do.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd September 2016

              That, and I DO care for lyrics. When I read the English translation, I find the words beautful in my own native language. It is a beautiful song in any language.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd September 2016

              And the video is stunning. Maisey’s always are.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  23rd September 2016

              A little goodnight music from Staind…

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