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Sea World

Two days ago we went to Sea World. We watched many shows, one with giant KILLER WHALES in it, one with speedy dolphins, strange flat nosed whales and a colourful parrot, plus another show with two acrobatic sea lions and a  mischievous otter!!

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Look at these Killer Whales!

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There were a few rides to go on, like an epic roller coaster, a log flume, rapids and a sky tower. We got soaked on the rapids because there was a waterfall which went you passed through! It was so nice to get wet as it was so hot that day, we went on the ride twice!

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Milford Sound

We went on a cruise at Milford Sound. Milford sound is actually a fjord, not a sound, a fjord is where glaciers fall off mountains and carve a valley in their wake, and the sea comes and fills the valley, whereas a sound is created from rivers and streams.

The road to Milford Sound from Te Anau (Tee Ar Now) is the only way to get there, excluding sea and air travel, it took 24 years to build it, at the start there was only 5 men with pick axes!. The road was twisting every which way and was surrounded by mountains, except when it goes through the Te Anau Downs, the mountains popping up in the near distance as if to remind there was still more mountains to come.

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The cruise was 3 hours in total, we stopped off at underwater viewing centre, in the centre you could see lots of different species down there.

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This is a triplefin, it has no flotation bladder so it has to keep swimming constantly if not they would sink to the bottom.

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This is another species of triplefin, he’s swimming against black coral, which is actually white! It got it’s name from the people who found it washed up on the shores, they only saw the black skeleton as the white part is the living part and it had died away when it washed up.

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This is an 11 legged star fish

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This is a marble fish

On the way out of the harbour, some bottle nose dolphins played by the prow of the boat.
Milford Sound is a very mountainous and hilly place, it’s very beautiful and lots of the mountain tops were covered in snow and the clouds were mostly below peak level and looked like they were clinging onto the side of the mountains.

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On the cruise we were surrounded by towering mountains all staring on the bottom of the fjord! They are covered in vegetation, but at sea level the plants stop abruptly and give way to bare rock.

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Look out for the dolphin at the start!

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Whale watching

We went whale watching in Wellagama We had to get up early to see them otherwise they wouldn’t be out of the water. We had to wear life jackets witch was almost the only health and safety we had seen in Sri Lanka! There were lots of whales that we saw, and we were told that we would be lucky to see one.

On the way out to the whales patch we saw some dolphins swimming beside the boat.

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We went out further to find the whales. The crew looked out for spurts of water so we could go and see them. The whales would sometimes dive in and we waited to see if they would reappear for about ten minutes.

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Did you know that Blue whales are the largest mammal on earth? They weigh more than 150 Tonnes when they are fully grown. A Blue Whale eats Krill, a tiny sea creature about two centimetres big, they eat as many as 40,000,000 per day. The Blue Whales don’t have teeth; they swim towards Krill with their mouths open, spit out the water and swallow the Krill.