Whale 139/365

By: allanahphoto

May 19 2010

Category: School


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As the kids were leaving school today one of my students said he was going to find a whale on Rabbit Island- Moturoa. Not to be outdone Raewyn, Nikki and I took off for a whale hunt. Raewyn drove us down to the beach.

We took off our shoes and walked and walked and walked down to the far end of the island and were eventually ‘rewarded’ with the remains of a rather large whale. He had been dead for a while and was rather yucky and smelly.

Raewyn took this photo to give you an idea of the scale of the thing.


4 comments on “Whale 139/365”

  1. It’s huge……what’s the big bit in the front left corner? Can’t quite work it out, the males in the house said it was a rock! Has it just washed up or been there for a long time?

  2. Check out the class blogs for more detailed photos.



    It was the humpback whale’s skull- it was almost bird beak like with large eye sockets- it had actually come adrift from the rest of the body and completely swivelled about.

    We reckon it must have come ashore from the big storm we had last weekend. It had been dead for a while- you could see shark bites where something had had a go at eating it.

    DOC came down and buried it this morning. Made us happier still that we down tools and took off after school to see it while we could.

  3. It’s size is impressive. I am sure I got a whiff of that smell.

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