Plans in place to dispose of whale
Department of Conservation staff are today working with Tauranga Moana iwi to make arrangements to dispose of a 14-metre whale, which was carried into Tauranga Harbour on the front of a container vessel.
The whale, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was dead when the ship berthed yesterday.
The container vessel came from Brisbane and it is not known where it encountered the whale.
Department of Conservation Tauranga Rotorua District Operations Manager Jeff Milham says it appears to have just been an unfortunate incident at sea.
DOC staff removed the carcase from the ship late yesterday afternoon and secured it in a safe location in Tauranga Harbour overnight.
“We are now working with Tauranga Moana iwi to arrange for an appropriate location for the carcase to be disposed of,” says Jeff.
Subject to having an appropriate site, the whale carcase was likely to be moved on full tide today.
About Bryde’s whales
There are no agreed population estimates for Bryde’s whales in any ocean basin, but possibly in the tens of thousands worldwide.
They are considered locally common in New Zealand waters, where they feed on schooling fish and krill.
They reach 12-15 metres in length and a weight of 13-22 tons, with females being larger than males.