Other Species

Orca (killer whales), Humpback, Fin, Southern right, seals and sea birds are all visitors to the Bay of Islands.

Orcas are sometimes seen in the Bay. When we see the orca, you can be sure the dolphins have left town. Orca can grow to nearly 10m in length and have a striking black and white colour. These huge mammals are very curious and often approach boats to say hello.

The New Zealand Fur Seal comes to Northland in the winter/spring for a winter haul out ( basically a holiday). We don’t often see seals inside the islands. Mostly located, along the outer shoreline. This cute, whiskery creature can dive deeper and longer than any other fur seal.

Birdlife includes little blue penguins, Australasian Gannets, Sooty shearwaters, storm petrels, oyster catchers, Caspian terns and the endangered Dotterel.

“When we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” JFK