Andy vs A rather large Seal.

Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
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Trip End Oct 24, 2011


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What I did
Watched some Whales and Picked a fight with a rather Large Seal

Flag of New Zealand  , Canterbury,
Saturday, September 24, 2011

    This seems so long ago now (around a week), as currently I am writing this on Beach Comber Island in Fiji, it literally takes 5mins to walk around yet this is probably the best computer I've used all trip!!
    After the last England game in Dunedin (Miss that place, it was a great host), and our brief one night stop in Christchurch we headed North like every other England fan, as the next game was all the way up in Auckland in the north island. We had a week to get there so we squeezed in a couple of things that we wanted to do on the way. One of those things was to see some Whales in Kaikoura (not that rugby team in red where they all talk funny), actual massive Whales. This is the only time where our gambling (or 'Jammy-git luck' as Katie and Maggie like to call it) didn't pay off, as we couldn't get on that day, so we had to either, stay and try in the morning with no Guarantee on the weather if the boat would go or not, or try later in the week. So what was we going to do... GAMBLE!! We found somewhere to stay and later, met up with Katie and Maggie as if they were almost tracking us. Also briefly saw Dean (what a lad!) and his partner who also had to stick around till morning as there trip got cancelled.
    In the evening we met Katie and Maggie for a few drinks, if I new what the boat ride was gonna be like the next day, this was a bad idea. This is defo when Katie become my hero, because she's such a lad, whhheeeyyy!!!. After a fairly eventful night of staying into the pub till closing, we were up early to go watch some whales, me and matt (the whole group) were warned that they have alot of people who get sick from motion sickness and for more comfort people should sit at the back, but no... 'we're lads arn't we, we're gonna sit at the front'. Bad Move. Neither of us were sick, but I thinks that's the closest I've come to it. After boating out to Kaikoura canyon (a very deep underwater canyon... ideal for Sperm Whale dinner time) we eventually saw some! Magnificent creatures, surfacing for a few minutes to load on some good old oxygen before splashing their tails and heading deep down into the canyon.
    After we saw about four, the boat headed back in, I didn't feel to bad this time, the fresh air must of helped, and it seemed alot quicker than before. It was still quite early in the day, so after Matt had his fix of fish and chips and we decided to visit the seal coloney on the outskirts of the town, before we set out on our road trip upto Abel Tasman right at the top of the South Island.
    After parking in the car park, we peered over the wall onto the wall. To our disappointment there was only one tiny seal! After posing next to it (with Matt's travel totem, the wooden monkey) we walked round to the other side of the Car Park, and a bit further along the wall. Alas! There were more seals. So we stood on the patch of grass between some bushes and the rocks, taking pictures. I heard a stirring in the bushes behind me. I edged a bit closer and could see a pretty big Seal sleeping hidden in the bushes. I whispered to the group next to me.. 'there's another one in there' and a man with a huge camera trotted in to take a picture, as he came back he said, 'if you go in there you'll get a good picture', so I wandered in to see the Seal sat bolt upright staring at me. It looked rather upset and after making some groaning sounds charged (as much as a seal can charge) right at me. I dashed out the bush, with the seal in pursuit, getting lots of people good pictures. The Seal stopped briefly as if surprised to see so many humans outside his bedroom, but eventually continued his charge before plopping into the sea. It was an experience, and not one you wanted just a day before you was going to another Seal Coloney whilst Kayaking around abel tasman. Lesson Learned - Don't get to close.

Andy vs Seal? Seal wins.
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