Posts categorized as Whales

Dissecting a killer whale 2

  • Dr Steven Raverty discusses bruising sites with Dr Ingrid Visser and Anton van Helden. © Te Papa, 2010
  • The killer whale calf's tail fin. © Te Papa, 2010
  • Anton van Helden points to a blood clot on the whale's head. © Te Papa, 2010
  • The baby killer whale's tongue with the whitish flaps along the tip and sides. © Te Papa, 2010

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING The dissection of the killer whale finished yesterday.  This killer whale was very young when it stranded and died.  It was given to Te Papa by Te Runanga o Makaawhio and measured just over two metres long. Its tongue had flaps like the pygmy right whale I… Read more »

Dissecting a killer whale

Dr Steven Rafferty and Dr Ingrid Visser (centre left and right) looking at the umbilical area of the baby killer whale

At Te Papa, our scientists practice non-lethal whale research but in New Zealand where there are hundreds of strandings a year, opportunities arise to study animals that have died as a result of stranding.  Of course the best way to study whales is in their natural environment, but these kind of dissections can tell scientists… Read more »

Killer whales again today, Owhiro Bay

Te Kopahou Reserve, South Coast, Wellington

There were killer whales (orca) hanging around Wellington harbour yesterday – as reported by Anton van Helden, Te Papa’s marine mammal specialist. More killer whales were seen this morning, though I’d don’t know if they are  the same animals. After a txt from Anton I raced down to the South Coast at Owhiro Bay, not… Read more »

Valentines day: roses are what?

Image copyright Anton van Helden

  In Europe during the 1300s February 14th was thought to be the day when birds paired off to mate. This date was originally an ancient Greco-Roman pagan festival, and was later called St Valentines Day Feast by the Church. Since the 1300s, on February 14th each year, roses (and flowers in general),  have been widely accepted as gifts and… Read more »

I heart the blue whale heart

Holiday fun with the blue whale heart model at Te Papa

Move over big squid – there’s competition at Te Papa for the most popular exhibit these holidays !  You love the blue whale heart in NatureSpace, including crawling into it, stuffing things inside it (like big toy penguins) and having your picture taken with it.  The model was a highlight of the Whales | Tohorā exhibition. It… Read more »

Colossal squid in 3D movie

ARLs 3D glasses © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

Today the Exhibition team got our first taste of what our 3D Colossal Squid movie is going to look like. The exhibition opens in December and it will include Te Papa’s first 3D movie! The production company Animation Research Ltd (ARL) sent us the latest cut of the movie and special 3D viewing glasses. Don’t worry we’ll have normal… Read more »