Big surge in whales

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HUMP­BACK whales are mak­ing a come­back, a New Zealand sur­vey shows. The num­ber of hump­back whales in the Cook Strait reached a high in 2015, which the New Zealand Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion says is an en­cour­ag­ing sign for the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. There were 137 hump­back whales counted in the an­nual sur­vey, in­clud­ing the rare white hump­back Mi­ga­loo, dwarf­ing the pre­vi­ous high of 106 in 2012. Sur­vey leader Na­dine Bott says the latest sur­vey re­sults pro­vide en­cour­ag­ing signs for the fu­ture.

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