Story: Whaling

Ex-whalers watch whales

Ex-whalers watch whales

In 2004 the New Zealand Department of Conservation called on former whalers to help spot whales – for conservation purposes, not hunting. The department wanted to find out whether whale numbers had recovered with the end of commercial whaling. The survey over a fortnight in June counted 53 whales, mostly humpbacks but also several blue whales, as they swam north in their annual migration. The recovery of humpbacks around New Zealand has not been as successful as in other places, including Australia. The ex-whalers, four of whom are pictured here, included Joe Heberley, Peter Perano, Tommy and John Norton, and Basil Jones.

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Modern whaling and whale watching', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6296/ex-whalers-watch-whales (accessed 23 May 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006