Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Whale wows Napier crowd

The humpback taking a break in Hawke Bay.

Media release
24 May, 2018
Whale wows Napier crowd

A humpback whale stopped in Hawke’s Bay today for lunch and a show just off Napier’s Marine Parade beach.

As it got closer to shore, the gathering crowd got larger and was treated to some spectacular barrel rolls and breaches.

Department of Conservation Ranger Rod Hansen said the whale may have come close to shore to rest up and have a feed.

“It has been confirmed as a humpback whale and judging by the amount of growth on its skin it appears to be a reasonably old whale.

“As it was doing barrel roles and breaching, I think it would be fair to say it was in good health,” he says.

The whale spent a few hours in the Bay – at one point coming in as close as 20 metres from the shore.

Humpback whales are frequent visitors to the coastal waters of New Zealand.

They undertake seasonal long-distance migrations between summer feeding grounds in Antarctica, and winter calving and breeding grounds in tropical or near tropical waters.

They travel mainly along the east-coast of the South Island and through Cook Strait during winter and return along the west-coast during spring.

DOC welcomes people reporting sightings of whales as they help increase the knowledge of whale distributions and movements around New Zealand.

Sightings can be reported to DOC’s conservation hotline 0800 DOCHOT (0800 362 468).

When recording the details include as much information as possible including:

• the date, time and location (GPS coordinates if possible)
• the number of whales and whether any are calves
• the direction they were travelling
• take photographs or video; focus on identifying marks, the left side of the head, and shots of the full length of the body.

Background information

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Judicial Review: China Steel Tarrif Rethink Ordered

On 5 July 2017 the Minister determined not to impose duties on Chinese galvanised steel coil imports. NZ Steel applied for judicial review of the Minister’s decision. More>>

Debt: NZ Banks Accelerate Lending In June Quarter

New Zealand's nine major lenders boosted lending at the fastest quarterly pace in almost two years as fears over bad debts subsided. More>>


Balance Of Trade: Annual Current Account Deficit Widens To $9.5 Billion

New Zealand’s current account deficit for the year ended June 2018 widened to $9.5 billion, 3.3 percent of GDP, Stats NZ said today. More>>


Talking Up The Economy: NZD Gains On PM's Mistaken GDP Comment

Her comments were downplayed by her chief press secretary who said she was referring the government's June year financial statements and had "made a mistake." More>>