Posts tagged with humpback whale

Whale tales from Dusky Sound: Nice smile, pity about the breath!

  • Time to move on into the sunset. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Warts and all. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Pe Papa
  • Water spout in Dusky Sound. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Boat inspection by one of the humpback whales. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.

A Te Papa research team travelled to Dusky Sound: photographer Jean-Claude recalls a surprise encounter with bad-breathed whales. 15 November 2016. We had made good progress since leaving Doubtful Sound on the Southern Winds, the DOC boat that supports conservation programmes around southern New Zealand. We were now sailing past the tip of the Five… Read more »

Dusky Sound – rich in history and wildlife

  • Mottled petrel, Dusky Sound, November 2016. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa
  • Flax weevil (Anagotus fairburni), Dusky Sound, November 2016. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa
  • Adult tawaki / Fiordland crested penguin, Dusky Sound, November 2016. Image: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa
  • Kakapo on Anchor Island, November 2016. Image: Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa

A team of Te Papa scientists recently visited Dusky Sound as the first stage in an investigation of changes in biodiversity since Cook’s visit in 1773. Cook named the area ‘Dusky Bay’ when he sailed past on his first voyage in March 1770, and explored the sound and its wildlife more thoroughly during a 6-week… Read more »

Whales – school holiday fun! Number 1

  • Whales
  • Right whale and a boat
  • Different whales to colour in
  • Humpback singing

Colour in a cool cetacean cartoon! Kids, go wild these school holidays with these awesome whale pictures drawn by Anton van Helden, our marine mammal scientist! Just click on the picture, print it out, and colour however you like – spots, rainbows, stripes…! Humpback whale singing (pdf, 180KB) Want to hear what a humpback whale… Read more »

Fab facts about whales

The Whales Tohorā team came across some amazing info as we put together the Whales Tohorā exhibition. Things we never knew! And we’re lucky that our marine mammal scientist Anton van Helden is a great cartoonist – and loves drawing whales! So now we’d like to share some of this info with you – we’ll… Read more »