New Zealand-based whale watching group Save the Whale has killed a “somewhat-famous” whale named “Sydneyship” off the south-west coast of New Zealand.
“We were out there with some of our members on a whale watching expedition last week and we saw a large whale that was about the size of a small boat that was very unusual and certainly a bit of a surprise,” Save the Whales’ general manager Chris Woodcock said.
“It was about 1,000-2,000 metres from shore and it was really unusual to see something like that.”
“We knew we had to take it down.
We had a team of divers that were able to get in close and work out what was happening.”
Woodcock said the whale was about six metres long, with a dorsal fin that was “slightly” smaller than its dorsal fin and a tail.
“The head was really long and very well developed.
“There was a big gap between the bottom of the tail and the body and it could be very strong.””
Save the Whalers members had been on the whale watching trip for a month, and after watching the whale for a few hours, Woodcock was surprised to see it “turn up”.””
There was a big gap between the bottom of the tail and the body and it could be very strong.”
Save the Whalers members had been on the whale watching trip for a month, and after watching the whale for a few hours, Woodcock was surprised to see it “turn up”.
“It just looked very calm and there was no sign of any distress.
We then saw the dorsal fin was coming off and that was quite the surprise,” he said.
“It was very well defined and there wasn’t a lot of tail to be seen at that stage.”
Save The Whaless member Chris Woodcocks was able to film the whale.
“We had a bit more experience and we were able, on the boat, to see the dorsal end of the fin and it wasn’t as long as the dorsal side.”
“So it was a really exciting moment for us because we were not expecting it to turn up and that it had come off so easily,” he added.
“A lot of people who work out of the Whale Watching Club in the northern parts of New South Wales do a lot more of these types of sightings and we can’t say the same thing for them.”
“It’s a big, beautiful whale, a really well-known one, and we didn’t expect to see one in such an area,” Woodcock added.
Woodcock, who was on the WhaleWatch Australia team, said that although the whale appeared to be a very active animal, he was not sure if the whale had been caught or killed.
“At the time we weren’t aware that it was in any danger, but it is an animal that people would be very, well aware of,” he explained.
“When we were on the vessel, there was a group of people on deck and they were doing their best to get out of there and to get the vessel out of port so we were hoping the whale wasn’t in distress.”
But we couldn’t get close enough to see anything because of the area and the large wave that was coming out of that area.””
I was quite surprised to find it had turned up so easily.
The team that went out was very good and it’s nice to have an organisation like Save the Whiskey, like Save The Whale, that has a good reputation and has a great crew to get on the other side of it.”