Pygmy blue whale

(Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda)

IUCN Status: Data Deficient

NZ Classification: Data Deficient

Pygmy blue whales reach approximately 24m in length. Research has revealed a population of pygmy blue whales that stay in New Zealand waters year-round. We have been experiencing an increase in the number of sightings of this species in the past couple of years.

Keen to learn more about the whale species we find in the Hauraki Gulf? Check out the resident Bryde’s whale and the endangered sei whale.

Book your place on our next whale watching tour from downtown Auckland.