Dead Whale @ Miranda

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Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Grahame » Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:18 pm

There is a dead whale at Miranda. I'm afraid the species is unknown as only part can be seen because it is on the seaward side of the shingle bank. DOC has been informed.

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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Mig » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:35 am

Any updates on this please? Could you guesstimante how large?
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Grahame » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:37 am

Rather difficult to judge I'm afraid. When the tide rose a little higher more kept popping up to the right of the fin and was about two thirds the length of the part to the left. Here is another photo that may help. I estimate that the height of the bank at this point would be about 50cm
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Mig » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:49 am

Thanks, ive shared with my whaley friends. Was the photo taken from the hide? so say 300 metres away? But one expert tells me what it isnt by its pec. not a humpy or minkie or SRW or Blue.
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby JFDillon » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:24 am

May be going there tomorrow will update.
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Grahame » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:39 pm

Yep Mig, it was taken from the hide. Please also note that it was about high tide, (4.3m), hence the low height of the shingle bank. Thanks J F D, I would appreciate that.
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Bennyboy87654 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:54 pm

Could be a rare Beaked Whale they are known around to be around NZ, they arent very big and they are normally only encountered when washed up.
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby gillianv » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:19 pm

It is indeed some sort of beaked whale. The team at the centre think it probably washed in already dead, it's not in great condition. It's been reported appropriately and I'll update if we can get an id to species.
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby David Riddell » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:51 am

Beaked whales aren't too hard to identify, as long as you can see teeth in their jaws, though females and juveniles may lack these. The Smithsonian has a good identification guide, including a key - http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/beake ... n_menu.htm
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Re: Dead Whale @ Miranda

Postby Grahame » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:18 pm

The Beaked Whale was seen early last week behaving strange off Kaiaua. It was washed up at Miranda dead either Wednesday night or before 0800 Thursday morning. Two people from DoC went out to it today, but not sure what they are going to do.

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