10/26/2014: Kayaking Adele Island

We started our day at Karhu Kayaks in Marahau, New Zealand renting a double kayak.  As soon as the safety briefing was over, we paddled straight for Adele Island which we had seen on yesterday’s hike.  We were hoping to see penguins in the wild but were disappointed to find it was the wrong time of the year.

What we didn’t anticipate was getting to see New Zealand fur seals playing in caves.  Unconcerned with our presence, a pair of seals were swimming and jumping, back and forth and back and forth along a 200′ area hugging the coast of the island.  Then they would disappear and come shooting out from between the rocks after accessing a hidden cave from underneath the water.  With the crystal clear water, you would think it would be easy to get a photo because you could see them coming.  But, once again, I have a ton of turbulent water shots either taken a couple of seconds too early or too late.

After a great paddle, we were on our way to Nelson Lakes National Park.

Morning briefing with Karhu Kayaks
Morning briefing with Karhu Kayaks
Watching fur seals
Watching fur seals

Arctocephalus forsteri (New Zealand Fur Seal) 002 - Version 2

Watching the antics of New Zealand fur seals
Watching the antics of New Zealand fur seals
New Zealand Fur Seals (Arctocephalus forester) posing
New Zealand Fur Seals (Arctocephalus forester) posing
Fur seals diving out of rock caves
Fur seals diving out of rock caves

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