Whale Survey: From killers to conservationists
Whaling for life
The journey from whale killing to conservation
It was a fierce winter's day when Picton fisherman Joe Perano took a boat into the Cook Strait and killed his first whale.
Over the hump
Whale survey counts record humpback numbers
Once dismissed as a desktop exercise, the Cook Strait whale survey is now counting record numbers of endangered humpbacks.
Whale of a tale
Two brothers nearly torn apart by whaling industry
Two brothers brought fame and fortune when they revolutionised the whaling industry were nearly torn apart by their own success.
Thrill of the chase
Tailing a humpback a nervewracking experience
Chasing a whale can only be described as a nerve-wracking experience.
Whaling for life
Ex-whalers the key to species' survival
Men who once hunted humpback whales for their profit are now the key to the species' survival. By Hamish Coleman-Ross.
A whaling station
Processing a whale was a messy, bloody business
Former whaler Ted Perano explains how a whale was processed at the now-defunct Perano Whaling Station. By Hamish Coleman-Ross.
Survey a success
Nadine Bott explains the Cook Strait whale "hunt"
Nadine Bott of the Department of Conservation explains the origins and results of the Cook Straight whale survey. By Hamish Coleman-Ross.
Tips: How to spot a humpback
A beginner's guide to whale-spotting
Former whaler Joe Heberley explains the methods and rules behind whale spotting. By Hamish Coleman-Ross.
A whaling history
Historic images from the Perano station
Perano Whaling Station was the last of New Zealand's whale factories to close its doors.
Cook Strait humpbacks
Migrating whales play in our waters
Each year, Antarctic humpback whales migrate north through the Cook Strait for winter.
Arapawa Island spotters' hut
Take a peek inside the whalers' lookout
A whaler's haven set upon a high, windy hilltop awaits visitors to the survey.
Survey, sights and sounds
A beautiful backdrop
Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds provides a beautiful survey backdrop.