Kōrero: Whales

Dead pilot whales

Dead pilot whales

In 2004 a pod of 74 pilot whales (from the dolphin family) was stranded on Ōpoutere Beach in the Coromandel. By the time they were discovered, 53 were dead. Eighteen were refloated at high tide. Rescuers, seen here in the distance, worked hard, stroking and comforting the last three. Two were successfully refloated. Those that died were farewelled with a karakia (prayer).

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 1 December 2004
Photograph by Greg Bowker

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Whales - Strandings: whales and dolphins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/7108/dead-pilot-whales (accessed 27 September 2023)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006