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Human Interest - Local
Written by Peter de Graaf, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013
A migrating humpback

Volunteers at a Northland marine conservation trust have had a close encounter with a pair of migrating humpback whales.

Silvia Streit was finishing her morning coffee at the Orca Research and Education Centre, on the clifftops between Matapouri and Tutukaka, when she saw a whale spout in the distance about 9am on Monday.

Marine mammal expert Ingrid Visser, of the Orca Research Trust, identified the source as a pair of humpback whales so, joined by Mrs Streit's husband Walter and fellow volunteer Robert Lehmann, they set off in an inflatable boat to find them.

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