Shearwater are common sights out on tour with Seal Kayak Kaikoura with many different species plying the ocean. The endemic Hutton’s shearwater is a special sight to see and has significant importance to the area.

  • 10 different species of shearwater can be viewed off the Kaikoura coastline.
  • The Huttons shearwater are only found to breed in the seaward kaikoura ranges between 1200 and 1800m high. The nests of these birds which were formerly thought to be extinct were not found until the 1960s by Geoff Harrow.
  • Some species have been known to dive as deep as 70m.

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