Meet the tohorā – southern right whale
In August 2020, researchers from the University of Auckland and Cawthron Institute, in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division and the US National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA), put satellite trackers on six tohorā – southern right whales. Follow each of these whales as they migrate from the Auckland Islands Maungahuka to offshore feeding grounds. All images collected under Department of Conservation permit.
Tahi the tohorā was tagged on 4 August 2020 and was an early migrator, heading southwest towards Antarctica.
Rua the tohorā was tagged on 5 August 2020 and it has hung out at the Auckland Islands Maungahuka.
Toru the tohorā was tagged on August 5. This whale hung around Port Ross for about 50 days before starting to migrate at the end of September.
Whā the tohorā was tagged on 7 August 2020 and visited Campbell Island Motu Ihupuku before migrating south.
Rima the tohorā was tagged on 7 August 2020, and has started migrating south.
Bill or Wiremu the tohorā is a friendly whale that hung around the yacht Evohe, often resting its head on the seafloor. This whale was tagged on 17 August 2020 and has migrated in a southwesterly direction from the Auckland Islands Maungahuka