Species Spotlight: Bryde's Whales vs Blue Whales
21 Jul 2019

Species Spotlight: Bryde's Whales vs Blue Whales

In our last species comparison we compared our resident Bryde's whales with sei whales. This time, we are look at how our Winter visitors, the pygmy blue whales size up to the Bryde's whales.   1. Weight  Adult Bryde's whales can weigh around 20-30 tonnes which is the equivalent of about 5 Africa…



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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Orca
19 Jul 2019

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Orca

It's hard to find someone that doesn't like orca, with their power, beauty and mystery there is something very captivating about these kings and queens of the ocean!     A pod of orca surface in front of Motutapu Island, Auckland   1. The name killer whale derives from their original name 'wh…



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10 Facts You Didn't Know About New Zealand Fur Seals
29 Jun 2019

10 Facts You Didn't Know About New Zealand Fur Seals

1. There are three types of pinnipeds - walruses, true seals and seals. New Zealand fur seals are classed as 'seals' and not 'true seals' as they have external ear flaps like sea lions amongst other characteristics unique to the 'seal' family.   New Zealand fur seals have external ear flaps   …



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