Ship speed key to protecting bryde’s whales in the Hauraki Gulf

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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24th January, 2013
Last November, a 14.5m bryde’s whale was found dead on Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A necroscopy confirmed the whale had died after being hit by a vessel. Although the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is host to occasional visits from large migrating whales – blue whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and more – it is home to a small population of bryde’s (pronounced brooders) whales. These baleen whales feed on plankton and small fish in the gulf, breed and raise their calves there and die there. Bryde’s whales are doing well in many other parts of the world but this small coastal ...

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