Rahui imposed at site of whale death

St Patrick’s Cove.

St Patrick’s Cove.

A rahui is in place following the discovery of a dead whale at the site of an old whaling station near Tokomaru Bay last week.

A local fisherman alerted Department of Conservation ranger Graeme Atkins to the whale at St Patrick’s Cove.

The whale was thought to have been alive when it beached but had since died, as there was no visible trauma.

Mr Atkins said the remote cove where it washed up was a former shore-based whaling station in the 1850s.

“The irony here is that the whale stranded in a place where hundreds of whales were killed to provide oil for lighting in the cities.”

Local hapu/whanau representative Ondre Te Hau said there was a temporary rahui in place due to the taonga tohora (whale) beaching.

Local whanau attended the location with DoC staff, a karakia was performed, and information was gathered to identify the tohora and possible causes of death.

At nearly 20 tonnes of weight any chance of removing the whale from its present location would be pretty futile said Mr Atkins.

A rahui is in place following the discovery of a dead whale at the site of an old whaling station near Tokomaru Bay last week.

A local fisherman alerted Department of Conservation ranger Graeme Atkins to the whale at St Patrick’s Cove.

The whale was thought to have been alive when it beached but had since died, as there was no visible trauma.

Mr Atkins said the remote cove where it washed up was a former shore-based whaling station in the 1850s.

“The irony here is that the whale stranded in a place where hundreds of whales were killed to provide oil for lighting in the cities.”

Local hapu/whanau representative Ondre Te Hau said there was a temporary rahui in place due to the taonga tohora (whale) beaching.

Local whanau attended the location with DoC staff, a karakia was performed, and information was gathered to identify the tohora and possible causes of death.

At nearly 20 tonnes of weight any chance of removing the whale from its present location would be pretty futile said Mr Atkins.

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