, 2023-01-13 16:00:00,
Some remarkable history books get published in New Zealand each year, the sad thing is some fly completely under the media radar.
One recent one was Diary from the Lookout, put out by Carol Dawber’s River Press last October.
This well-illustrated book reflects poignantly back on the Cook Strait Humpback Whale Survey, conducted over 12 whale-watching winters between 2004 and 2015.
The survey, which attracted widespread media coverage at the time, was initiated by DOC after the Japanese government disputed our ‘lack of evidence’ against their proposal to resume humpback whaling in our part of the world.
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The gathering of new information involved following the methodology of the old whalers exactly. When a humpback was spotted from the lookout, a radio call would be made to the chaser boat which would zoom out to tag and photograph every animal it could.
Key to the campaign was the recruitment of a group of former whalers who all jumped at the opportunity to work alongside DOC scientists and community volunteers at a lookout on the headland of Arapawa Island.
Those old whalers, who had all worked at the Perano whaling station in the…
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