Until recently, it was believed that the pygmy blue whales seen in the South Taranaki Bight were just animals passing through the area. Research from a detailed, multipronged study published earlier this year instead shows these whales belong to a genetically distinct, New Zealand population. Nicola Toki, DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, tells us that they are making the most of a special oceanic ‘upwelling’ that supplies them with food.
And here are the entries for our Critter of the Week BAKE OFF!
We’ll let you know the winners next Friday