Swimming with seals in Kaikoura
Trip Start Sep 10, 2004
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I loved swimming with the seals. They lay on the rocks looking at you, occasionally showing you their teeth, giving you the impression that they are fierce cumbersome creatures and if you get any closer they will probably bite you. My wetsuit had what looked like teeth marks on the leg, which didn't help me and my imagination. Though, when they slide into the water, they transform into graceful inquisitive creatures. They propel through the water towards you, veering off at the very last second... sometimes brushing past you, giving a fair idea of their strength. Then they come back for a second look, always keeping eye contact, they float at the surface, dip their heads under the water and just hang there...staring right into your eyes. Brilliant!