A team of whale scientists are going to be dissecting a stranded pygmy right whale at Te Papa next week.
But what does a pygmy right whale look like? how big is it?
Here’s a picture of a pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata) that stranded in Golden Bay, Nelson and was later refloated. It’s about 3 metres long.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Conservation
In Whales|Tohorā you can see a skeleton of a pygmy right whale hanging in the exhibition.
Come and visit and see if you can find it – the exhibition closes Sunday 11 May.