Thanks to the fishermen, we were notified of a floating “blob”. It turned out to be a very, very dead whale! Dead enough to make our eyes water. From our GoPro footage we noticed the next day that 17 vertebrae were hanging underneath, wrapped in fibrous tissue and blubber… a biologist’s dream! With the help of Paul Mangakahia, our retrival mission was a success! Thank you to all the fishermen involved. Brendan, sorry your hook got caught in it, and that you had to cut it out while gagging! If you are wondering why we didn’t enter the water, it was because there were many sharks having a feed! Always an adventure to be had!