From the New Zealand Herald:
Giants of the sea: Blue whales spotted in NZ
11:51 AM Monday Feb 3, 2014
The whales, the world’s largest animal, remain one of the planet’s most elusive creatures.
They were intensively hunted in the Southern Hemisphere during the whaling era, dramatically reducing their numbers.
The creatures were spotted by scientists on a research expedition in the South Taranaki Bight led by NIWA marine ecologist Dr Leigh Torres.
“It is very exciting to see these whales and start the process of collecting important data on this…
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