Tohorā Voyages



Southern right whales or tohorā are sentinels for climate change


The recovery of tohorā depends on the quality and quantity of their kai – but where and on what do they feed?


We will follow their voyages from the Auckland Islands Maungahuka to find out by tagging whales during the austral winter. The journeys of the whales tagged in 2020 can be found here and blog about the 2021 fieldwork can be found here.

Photographs: Tohorā at the Auckland Islands. By University of Auckland Tohorā Research Teams, taken under Department of Conservation permit

Auckland Islands Maungahuka

Where the voyage begins. Read more…

Tracks of the Tohorā

Follow their voyages Read more…

Meet the tohorā

See and follow each of the whales Read more…

This work is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, Live Ocean, philanthropist Brian Sheth, Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust, and the University of Auckland. This website is under construction, please check back again soon.