White-chinned petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)
White-chinned petrels can be seen off the Kaikoura coast throughout the year, generally single birds. Peak numbers of white-chinned petrels are seen in late spring and early summer. White-chinned petrels are generally found further offshore than the Westland petrel, but are occasionally seen within a mile or so off the coast. White-chinned petrels are not as common as Westland petrels off the Kaikoura Coast, although groups of up to 15 birds can be seen around fishing boats. An inquisitive seabird which congregates around fishing boats. Can dive to depths of 10 metres or more using its wings to fly underwater.