Story: Whales

Gray’s beaked whale (1st of 2)

Gray’s beaked whale

This 4-metre-long female Gray’s beaked whale was stranded on Waiheke Island in 2003. Department of Conservation staff thought it might have died after eating a plastic bag that it had mistaken for a squid. Gray’s beaked whales are the most common New Zealand whale to become stranded, occasionally in groups.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 21 January 2003
Photograph by Kenny Rodger

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Gerard Hutching, 'Whales - Beaked whales', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006