Whale Survey: From killers to conservationists
Men who once killed whales for a living have become the backbone of efforts to save them.
An evolution of whaling
KIRSTY JOHNSTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt was a fierce winter's day when Picton fisherman Joe Perano took a boat into the Cook Strait and killed his first whale.
KIRSTY JOHNSTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOnce dismissed as a desktop exercise, the Cook Strait whale survey this year recorded its highest number yet of humpbacks migrating for the winter
Brothers almost torn apart by success
KIRSTY JOHNSTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo brothers brought fame and fortune when they revolutionised the whaling industry were nearly torn apart by their own success.
KIRSTY JOHNSTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsChasing a whale can only be described as a nerve-wracking experience.