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Various reports of a whale stuck in a rock pool and in close to shore came through to Whale Rescue during a one-week time period.  Multiple attempts were made to locate it, with charter boats, tour boats and dedicated research vessels all out looking.  However the whale was never sighted.  By the 7th of November we had begun to receive reports of a dead whale near Whangamumu Harbour, but out to sea.  No exact location was given, so we could not locate it.  We strongly suspect that this carcass, found by Jochen Zaeschmar, just to the south of the Bay of Islands, was the whale.  It was already in a well-decomposed state when he found it.  One complete pectoral fin was sent to Prof. Ewan Fordyce (University of Otago) for anaylsis (including x-rays) and comparison to fossil whales.

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Quick Facts

Name Bryde’s whale
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Bryde’s whale
Suborder Mysticeti
Family Balaenopteridae
Max. size - Male 15 m (49 ft)
Max. size - Female 16.5 m (54 ft)
Calf size 4 m (13 ft)
Max. weight - Female 40,000 kg
Food primary food is schooling fish, but may also take krill, squid and crustaceans
Latin name Balaenoptera brydei
Location Ti Wi Bay, Northland
Latitude -35.19519
Longitude 174.32106
Number of Whales 1
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Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Ingrid has attended numerous mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in sampling and data collection at these events, and in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  She has served on the Board and was a trainer for another stranding rescue group.

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Jochen (John) Zaeschmar

Jochen (John) Zaeschmar

John has attended several mass strandings and is trained in stranding rescue techniques, including the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other whale rescue equipment.

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Jo (Floppy) Halliday – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Jo (Floppy) Halliday – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Floppy has attended multiple mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  Floppy has served on the Board of another stranding rescue group where she was also a trainer and area coordinator.

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