Posts categorized as Whales

Whales in New York

  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Te Papa’s exhibition Whales:Giants of the Deep opens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday 23 March. This blockbuster exhibition has been seen by over 1 million visitors during its  4 year tour in North America. Over 350,000 people visited the exhibition in Chicago alone. Media interest is strong with… Read more »

World’s rarest whale revealed to the world.

M traversii mother

Even in this well-informed age it’s surprising how much we still don’t know about the natural world – especially the oceans!    All whales must come to the surface to breathe, despite this the Spade-tooth whale Mesoplodon traversii (Gray, 1874), an animal over 5m in length, has never been see alive, and until 31 December 2010 no one… Read more »

Our Far South: Roaring Forties, furious fifties and Screaming sixties…

  • tabular iceberg. Photo Anton van Helden, copyright Te Papa.
  • Iceberg. Photo Anton van Helden, copyright Te Papa.
  • ICeberg. Photo Anton van Helden, copyright Te Papa
  • Iceberg. Photo Anton van Helden, copyright Te Papa

Heading south from Macquarie Island we have had some relatively calm seas, pretty remarkable for this part of the world. Leaving the Roaring Forties which gave us a pretty slow rolling sea the fifties gave us a small taste of what it had to offer with some mild five-metre seas. Passing past 60 degrees south was… Read more »

Our Far South: What it boils down to

  • Elephant seals and regenerating tussock. Victor Anderlini.
  • Elephant seals on the tussock flats. Victor Anderlini.
  • Aurora australis. Photo WWF.
  • King penguins surrounding the zodiac. Photo Anton van Helden, copyright Te Papa.

We arrived at Macquarie Island - the sheltered waters in the lee of the island provided a welcome relief from the open ocean we had crossed between here and the Auckland Islands. The cool subantarctic summer did not detract from the spectacular wildlife – elephant seals and penguins everywhere! Until 1920 the elephant seals and penguins… Read more »