NZ and Tasmanian cetacean strandings (Part I)

Steve O'Shea

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To get to this (see previous post), and it was SO worthwhile!!!
 

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Steve O'Shea said:
We've just returned from a wee trip down south, where we got snowed in for 2 days in a place that grows carrots somewhere in the middle of North Island (NZ), .

Uh huh...so now we're reporting strandings form the shores of Taupo?
 

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Steve O'Shea said:
It is a Pygmy Sperm Whale - rarely stranding in this particular area (more common elsewhere.
It is very rare for pygmy sperm whales to strand in Taupo, and even more rare considering this was the headless variety, the extremely rare grass-eating, field-dwelling Kogia pseudocephalus. (This carcass had been dragged slightly inland so as not to be washed away.) It came ashore near Wanganui, but getting anywhere near Wanganui was a major feat this past week.
 

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Steve O'Shea;61759 said:
A large pod (Pilot Whales) stranded here last week; the majority were fortunately saved.

Just doing some housework. The stomach contents of these whales have since been reported and can be found here.
 

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