New Species Named After Māori Whale Expert

Oct. 28, 2021, 1:37 p.m.

Changing tradition in how new species of whales have been named in the past. A whale was discovered washed up on the shore almost a decade ago and was thought to be a True's beaked whale.

Ramari Stuart a renowned tautōhito tohorā, discovered the whale on the West Coast of Te Waipounamu and sought to confirm its exact species.

Together with Dr Emma Carroll of the University of Auckland, the two brought experts in western science and mātauranga Māori together to explore the nature of this species of whale.

Tags: Ramari Stewart Dr Emma Carroll Whale Tohunga


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