NZ and Tasmanian cetacean strandings (Part I)

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Ok here are some more... Actually I don't smell too fragrant either... This was a long way north of Murawai Beach, on Auckland's west coast. We drove north along the beach for approx. 20-25 minutes and estimate it was about 25-30Km north of Murawai Bch.


A pretty dismal scene as the tide comes in...

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Steve taking pics.

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The tip of the lower jaw - note the scratches and damaged teeth.

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Steve,

My shots have been photoshopped quite a bit... Lightened or darkened, sharpened, colour-corrected, horizon-straightened and reduced in size for internet consumption. :mrgreen:


Beaks and assorted whale goo...

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Note the scratches...

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A headless Felipe takes pictures of the flukes.

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No really, that's a Honda City... It's not everyday you get to overtake a Honda City, on the inside, on a beach, in a Landrover (I could go on)...

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Pre - jaw removal

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Steve O'Shea said:
You're on; probably leaving ~ 1pm. Sounds strange for TPOTH and O to arrange a time online, rather than face-to-face, but the way things have been these past few weeks we don't see each other that often (except for this eve, when he told me I'd had a drink)

First off, Master O, i must thank thee :notworth: I got to see my first whale (albeit beached, dead, rotting, drawn and quartered... but that's cool when you're into that sort of stuff :twisted: ) *happy dance*

As much as i get to deal with roting fish and macerating skulls on a more or less daily basis, i can safely say that nothing prepares you for such a stench. This brings smelly to a whole new different level. :bonk: Note for later: do not park the car downwind of the whale :lol:

I'm rummaging through the pictures i took to see if i can add something but i reckon you two probably covered everything... :wink:

Would have loved to nab a pectoral fin or the tail before the tide came in... Note to self: next time, bring chainsaw and somebody to run interference

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Ok, my batch of pictures, since it's been all about the whale, i thought i'd show you all the man behind it all :smile:

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Always prepared and still soooo clean... the "after" pictures were deemed to gory for the young'ens that are known to dwell on TONMO

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Like a kid in a candy shop! :lol:

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The lower jaw finally removed... with significant help from the digger brought to bury the whale but ran out of time so had to leave before the tide...

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Matt Jones said:
No really, that's a Honda City... It's not everyday you get to overtake a Honda City, on the inside, on a beach, in a Landrover (I could go on)...

I was speaking to someone this morning .... did you know that there was a speed limit on the beach? Apparently it's 50km/hr (same as in town) ... but I think we took that 'city' doing 110. :goofysca: They called after seeing this rather distinctive, branded truck hurtling down the beach at breakneck speed (heavens, we did have 30km of beach, a whale and a return trip to get in before the tide turned on us).

Washed ~ 10kg of sand off the truck this morn ... and I'd like to thank the two persons that left stinking pairs of blood- and whale-soaked white and red socks in the back. As if the smell wasn't bad enough (fresh after last week).

I'm going to 'drop everything' in a minute and get into those squid beaks; there's a rather sensational story in there for sure. By months end I hope to have some data online.
 

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