Posts categorized as Whales

Dolphin dangers

Marine mammals and the fishing industry don’t always mix well. Yesterday the Department of Conservation released horrifying photos of dolphins caught by fishing trawlers in December off the west coast of the North Island. Yes, most commercial fishing companies are following the rules and will stop fishing as soon as they see there are dolphins around but something needs to… Read more »

Moko to the rescue!

  • Lucy Ryan with model of a pygmy sperm whale calf
  • Lucy Ryan with model of a pygmy sperm whale calf

Moko, the resident bottlenose dolphin at Mahia, was the heroine of the day last week. The amazing story of how a dolphin helped save a stranded pygmy sperm whale mother and her calf made news headlines in NZ – and was even picked up by media around the world! Read the story  here: The area around… Read more »

Michael Poole – whale researcher

Every year, a lively and enthusiastic group of scientists meets at the University of Auckland School of Biological Sciences to compare notes about whales. The South Pacific Whales Research Consortium (SPWRC) first met in 1999 as a group of friends who wanted to share their whale research. The group has grown since then and now… Read more »

Whales at Te Papa on Studio 2

A couple of weeks ago, Studio 2 – a popular afternoon kids’ programme on TV2 – came to Te Papa to check out Whales Tohorā. Presenter Jordan met up with our curator Anton van Helden to explore the exhibition … have a look for yourself!

There’s something about whales…

Since Whales | Tohorā opened at Te Papa on 1 December 2007, visitors of all ages have been touched by these extraordinary mammals and their stories. Almost 90,000 people from all over the world have come to see the exhibition – over 3,000 attended on Saturday 16 February alone! (Te Papa’s 10th birthday celebrations). Bruce… Read more »