Found on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, the small township of Kaikoura is a pretty special place. Not only is it a landscape where sea and mountains meet, it also posesses unique access to whales, dolphins and other marine life. Due to very deep oceans just off the coast, animals such as sperm whales, which are usually found far away from land, come to feed.
But when I spent a few days in Kaikoura, I didn't go and swim with Dolphins or spot giant mammals from a boat. I took pictures of Seals. A lot of pictures.
I just think seals are awesome. In the water, lazing in the sun, from pup to bull, it doesn't matter.
I think they are so cool I even payed to swim with them. Taken out on a boat to where the inquisitive adolescents live, I spent hours watching, dancing and playing with these amazing creatures. There is also nothing so cute as over twenty seal pups playing under a waterfall.
I think they are by far my favourite New Zealand Mammal.