The beginning of the mistake started at breakfast. I was so excited we were going to take a tour to see Sperm whales with Whale Watch Kaikoura that I made a gigantic meal before we left. The WORKS. Egg/bean/cheese/bacon burrito with sour cream, coffee, orange juice, the whole shebang.
Clearly, I hadn’t been on a boat in a while and I had forgotten about my extremely bad seasickness. Seeing sperm whales cancels all that out right?
We clamored aboard the boat and listened excitedly as our guides talked about how we were going to search for them using the sonar. Literally like a stethoscope for the ocean, to hear the calls of the whales.
We found a sperm whale, but I honestly don’t remember much else about how we located it because suddenly I was violently seasick. I thought I’d be sick once and it would be done with, but nope. Its like once I started I couldn’t stop. Until Mike would call out, “hey! Get over here! There’s a whale at the surface!” I’d wipe myself off and run towards him with my camera pointed in that direction.
We continued this game of sick-and tag whale for a few hours. Here are some photos I managed to take when I was not keeling over the back of the boat.
I missed out on so many good photo opportunities since I stuck close to my paper bags the whole trip, but nevertheless I was still positive and excited I’d at least gotten a few good looks. The boat crew were super understanding, coming around to ask how I was doing several times. Mike on the other hand being the sailor that he is was having a great time with one of the guides who he’d struck up a conversation with. The guide alternated taking to Mike and coming to check on me/change my paper barf bags. I was completely embarrassed, but I still felt lucky to be seeing any of it at all.
I also have a tiny bit of video which I’ll post at the end. Next time I’ll take my seasickness pill earlier in the morning and NOT eat a gigantic meal before we head out on a boat!
Have you had an experience like this with seasickness? Would you repeat it?
What kind of whales have you seen in the wild, if any? Any kind in particular you’re dying to see? I really want to see humpback whales…
*We received a media discount on this whale watching tour from Whale Watch Kaikoura, but all opinions are our own.