New Zealand’s Tauranga Harbour welcomed a containership carrying a dead 14-meter whale on its front part on Wednesday.
The whale, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was dead when the unnamed vessel berthed at the port, according to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC).
The container vessel came from Brisbane, but it is not known where it encountered the whale.
DOC Tauranga Rotorua District Operations Manager Jeff Milham said it appears to have just been “an unfortunate incident at sea”.
The carcass was removed from the ship in the late afternoon hours on October 4 and secured in a safe location in Tauranga Harbour overnight.
“We are now working with Tauranga Moana iwi to arrange for an appropriate location for the carcass to be disposed of,” Milham said.
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