Story: Whales

Giant squid

Giant squid

The sperm whales off Kaikōura dive to catch and eat giant squid, such as this 10-metre, 300-kilogram monster caught north-east of Banks Peninsula in 1998. It is being examined by marine biologist Steve O’Shea.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1998/0438/21
Photograph by Craig Simcox

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Gerard Hutching, 'Whales - Sperm whale', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006