Critter of the Week The Pygmy Blue Whale

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

 

Critter of the Week The Pygmy Blue Whale
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