Date: 25 November 2014
The Department of Conservation says that three sperm whales that stranded at Rototai are being moved to Farewell Spit Nature Reserve today.
The three whales stranded overnight on Saturday and were found dead at Rototai Beach on Sunday morning.
Greg Napp, Partnerships Ranger at Takaka, says that sperm whales are not very common in Golden Bay, so it was a good opportunity for people to come and see them up close. Over 500 people visited the sperm whales on the beach during Sunday.
Greg reassures the public that the carcasses are being removed so they will not become a nuisance.
“The whale carcasses are being towed by boat across to Farewell Spit Nature Reserve today. One boat is towing all three whales so it will be a slow trip at around 2.5 knots - 5 km per hour.
“They will be tethered to an anchor in the intertidal zone, well beyond the public access area, where they will be able to decompose naturally.”
Iwi have been assisting DOC with tikanga and decision making.
Whale strandings in Golden Bay usually occur between November and March.
Greg Napp, Partnerships Ranger, Takaka
Phone: +64 3 525 8378 or +64 27 886 0889