Photo of the week: Humpback whales

Department of Conservation —  25/06/2014

Today’s photo of the week is of two humpback whales and a pod of dusky dolphins travelling near the Kaikoura Coast.

humpback-whales

The Department of Conservation is currently conducting a research project that monitors the northern migration of humpback whales through the Cook Strait. This will be the eleventh annual Cook Strait Whale Survey.

The survey aims to determine how humpback whales are recovering since whaling ended. The survey has already recorded 33 humpback whales and 1 blue whale.

This photo was taken by Rob Pine.