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What was ini­tially thought to be the up­turned hull of a boat has proved to be a 15-me­tre long dead whale, float­ing near d’Urville Is­land. Sealord skip­per Peter Con­nolly was out fish­ing when he spot­ted it off the west­ern side of d’Urville Is­land north of Nel­son on Tues­day. ‘‘It was so bloated it just looked like the hull of a boat up­side down . . . when we got close I re­alised what it was,’’ Con­nolly said. Con­nolly said he couldn’t see any ob­vi­ous in­juries to sug­gest the whale had been hit by anything. ‘‘I’m only guess­ing from my lim­ited knowledge of whales, but I’m pick­ing just looking at the lines on it, that it pos­si­bly could have been a blue whale.’’ Con­nolly no­ti­fied the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and posted pho­tos on so­cial me­dia to alert other boat users. DOC com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokesper­son Si­mon Bayly said as long as the whale was float­ing they wouldn’t be do­ing anything, but peo­ple should be mind­ful and re­port any sight­ings.

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