Image: Tom with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Tom with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Tom Trnski with an Oceanic Whitetip Shark. The shark was preserved and is now in the ichthyology collection at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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.

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