We are lucky enough to have the occasional close encounters with wildlife here at Ohiwa. Birds and fish are common, with seals from time to time..
Yesterday, an uncommon fully grown Pygmy Sperm whale measuring around 2.5 meters was found washed up in Ohiwa Harbour. DOC have been unable to determine how it died but samples have been sent off for testing. After samples have been taken, it has been sent to Te Upokorehe hapu where oil, bone and teeth will be used for cultural purposes.
It would be great to see a live whale swimming in the harbour sometime. Who knows? Maybe one day...
Karen is a co-owner of Ohiwa Seascape Studios. When she is not busy at the studios, she is busy enjoying becoming a part of the local community here in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.