This whale has a tale to tell…
About its tail…
Or lack thereof.
The whale was first seen on Monday off the coast of Kaikoura on the north-east coast of South Island.
It was not clear how it came to lose its flukes, said local Department of Conservation ranger Mike Morrissey, but “it could have been the result of entanglement” in fishing nets.
But despite what looks like a severe injury, the whale seemed to be doing fine, he told the BBC.
“It appeared to be in good health and it’s bending in the water and using its pectoral fins to spin around,” Mr Morrissey said.
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