Thar She Blows! Eubalaena australis at Kerikeri

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:53 am

Not my pics unfortunately, weather/work prevented me from getting out :envy:

Anyway, here are some shots of Big Bertha when she and junior came right up the Kerikeri Inlet as far as Opito Bay

As these are currently doing the email rounds up here, I have no idea who the photographer was (lucky sod), but I extend my thanks for taking them :y:

EDIT 28/7: I have found out the photographer was Malcolm Chapman on the launch "Commodore"

Next time, I WILL get out there...

Enjoy.
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Looking at the pics, mum appears to be more or less fully mature at around 15 - 17m and probably in the order of 70 tonnes.
In the last shot, you can see the classic 'V' spout of the baleen whales

And yes, this is the same species that broached onto the yacht in South Africa (Which was more of both being in the wrong place at the wrong time, rather than an "attack" as cited by some media)

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:17 am

Oh man, that would have been awesome!!
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:27 am

That would have been business as usual in all our harbours prior to whaling.

In Wellington early European settlers used to complain about the noise the whales made in the harbour at night. Must have been incredible.

Give it 20 years and we may be someway back to those numbers.
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:45 am

Very cool :y:
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:47 am

Thanks for sharing those -Awesome alright :y: Aka- Hairless Big Leviathons, ;)

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:57 am

;) Nope - the Right Whales still have vestigal hair in the callosities - I had a good argument over this at a trivia evening (we won the point :lol: ) The callosities correspond with our moustache, eyebrows etc.

Humpbacks frequently also have a rudimentary pelvis too, although nothing more than a floating arc of bone.
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:55 pm

Hahh ,good bite. Reminds me of when I was a kid and watched my father give Frank Robson a hand to flense a rare southern bottlenosed whale that washed up on our coast in Hawkes bay.The skeleton was sent to Holland and Frank had an honorary Docterate to them for research he'd done.He actually started as a fisherman and in early days helped catch and set up Marineland in Napier , then realised the mistake and devoted himself to research.
Beachcombing after a big storm I even unearthed a huge finger (fin) bone that was like a giant classic dog bone ,but when I proudly took it to school -the teacher thought it should go to a Museum(yeah right!) and it promptly disappeared ,no thank you KMA or nothing!Those were the days ,imagine that in our enlightened times now.The size of it,(had to get dad to help carry it home) even allowing for 12 yr olds perspective was from one of the biggest whales.

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:49 pm

Yep, I knew Frank - Definitely a character, not many people have a roof covered in bits of dead cetacean :lol: A great shame when he died, must be getting on for 10 years ago now. He was one of the pioneers really.
I didn't realise that a Hyperoodon had turned up down there as well...When was that roughly? I ask because I recovered the skeleton from a 8m female off Motutapu (Called her "Kermit" for some obscure reason that now escapes me). Unfortunately the ferrets had got in first and hacked the tip of the rostrum off, I located one of the teeth sitting in a windowsill of one of the batches on Rangitoto, but as far as I know the other was never recovered. Spent a couple of days working on that one, and stank of rotten whale for weeks!
The skull was only one of eight known at that time (mid 80's).

Auck Museum has that skeleton.

(For future reference: You can fit an entire Hyperoodon planifrons skeleton into a MK1 Ford Escort!)

Ahh...Happy days :wasntme:
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:39 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:For future reference: You can fit an entire Hyperoodon planifrons skeleton into a MK1 Ford Escort!
Good to know,
Now that will come in handy :y:

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:05 pm

kayak chris wrote:
Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:For future reference: You can fit an entire Hyperoodon planifrons skeleton into a MK1 Ford Escort!
Good to know,
Now that will come in handy :y:

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You'd be able to fit two in if it was a rental! :lol:

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Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:21 pm

You'd be scratching to get this in an artic truck even dismembered! Thats me on the left with my brother and we saved some of the whale oil in a jar,recipe for disaster as it turned out as it leaked when I took it to school for morning talk :puke: Man it's stench was amazing they had to evacuate the whole building :worried: but it made me a hero of the day as the kids were sent home while cleaners aired out the cloakrooms :devil: Honest mistake :sweat:
I was 10 to 12 years old so musta bin 1969-71 or thereabouts :x
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paddlesnap wrote:but it made me a hero of the day as the kids were sent home while cleaners aired out the cloakrooms Honest mistake
:rofl: love it.
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Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:04 pm

There I am bobbing around in the bay when I realise the dark shadow underneath wasn't me drifting over a reef, but the calf overtaking me..... It's like having America slide past you.
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Mums flukes were two P13 lengths across!

Awesome.
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One of the joys of a kayak is that there's no distressing noise, unlike the Bell Jetranger that was hovering 30m over them when we got there! :@
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Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:28 pm

Massive -yeah I want to get photos & interaction like that, have had Orcas ,Bottlenose dolphin ,and a distant Brydes , on diving trips and would like to get decent photos .

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Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:55 am

Was it taking a nuclear chook? :lol:

Awsome pics mate.
That kind of stuff just makes it worth while :y:
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Fantastic HLD how cool is that!
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