Whale washes up on Pareora Beach

22:53, May 14 2014
dead whale
COME ASHORE: A dead whale has washed up on Pareora Beach.

Two Department of Conservation workers are examining the body of a dead humpback whale which was discovered on Pareora Beach last night and Arowhenua runanga will perform a karakia for the whale.

DOC senior ranger for bio diversity Paul Gasson said it was not unusual for a humpback whale to be off the coast of South Canterbury as they migrate north at this time of year.

''We can't speculate at the moment why it is there. There is no obvious cause why it turned up dead,'' Gasson said.

Brett Tainsh was walking his dog Buddy at 5pm last night when he discovered the marine mammal.

He and his wife have lived in the area for six years and walk along the beach every day. They had never seen a whale washed up on shore before, he said.


The Timaru Herald