We had a wonderful experience this morning on our way to church–so great that we decided it would be all right to be a few minutes late for church to enjoy it! As we were driving along the coast, I suddenly noticed, not too far offshore, a small cloud of mist shooting up! A whale! We immediately pulled off and watched for awhile. A couple of times a minute, the whale spouted, and we could see a bit of its back and occasionally some of its tail as it went back under. There was a crowd of seagulls in the area where the whale was, so apparently there was a shoal of fish there, too. We watched for several minutes, then started on our way, but just around the next curve we saw our friends from Cheviot who also go to Kaikoura to our church, pulled off and also watching. We pulled off again beside them and all watched for awhile. What a special experience! We didn’t get any pictures, because it was just far enough offshore that it would have been very hard to pick up with the camera; this picture is from when we went on a WhaleWatch trip three years ago and shows what we saw this morning.