Image: Tom with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark
- Steve J. Hudson
- © Auckland War Memorial Museum
The fish was washed up on the west coast of Auckland in May 2013. It contained 11 full-term pups (baby sharks). The cause of death was uncertain, but the female was very skinny (only 100 kg after the pups were removed – very light for a 3 m female).
As a protected species, the local iwi (tribe) Ngati Whatua o Kaipara treat the shark as a “gift from the sea”. The iwi generously donated the shark to the Auckland Museum to enable future research to further our understanding of the species.