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Hundreds converge on dead whale washed up on Waikanae Beach

Oct 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Most Popular, News

A 10m long humpback whale has been found dead on Waikanae Beach, drawing locals to the site in stormy weather.

A biopsy was performed yesterday and a tissue sample has been sent to Auckland University for further testing to determine the cause of death.

The juvenile female thought to be between 10-15 years old and weighing 20-30 tonnes, was found at about 6am.

The whale remained on the beach for the rest of the day, and hundreds of people came along to take a look at the magnificent creature.

Department of Conservation representative, David Moss says it’s not unusual for whales to wash up along the Kapiti Coast.

‘There has been strandings on this coast for thousands of years however humpbacks aren’t as common as other species,” he says.

Waikanae School kids were among the onlookers and teacher Lisa Geraghty says although there were mixed emotions it was an amazing experience.

“We are really lucky because the principal said the whole school could come along and experience it.

“Some of the kids were a bit upset and are feeling for the whale but we had a chat about nature and what happened.

“Overall it has been amazing for them,” she says.

Local iwi member, Ani Parata says she feels hurt inside.

“I thought I would fine coming along but I really feel for the whale, you can feel it in your puku.

“They are very special to Maori and I’m glad this one is getting a proper burial,” says Ms Parata.

Due to the high tide and large swell the whale could not be moved until today.

It was buried this morning at a site on the Kapiti coast, near to the sperm whale that washed up on Paraparumu beach last year.

The local Iwi, Te Atiawa Ki Whakarongotai performed a karakia at the burial.


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