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A cuviers beaked whale washed up on the beach south of Titahi Bay near Wellington this morning.
Onlookers have flocked to a beach at Titahi Bay, north of Wellington, to see a dead 6m-long whale which washed up overnight.
The whale, believed to be a cuvier's beaked whale, was first spotted about 8am today.
Department of Conservation's (DOC) marine species team manager Ian Angus said the whale was a deep-water species
and appeared to be mature.
He said although cuvier's beaked whales had stranded on New Zealand shores before, it was not common.
"I can't see any obvious damage to it or injury, so I presume it died at sea
and a combination of wave and wind has brought to Titahi Bay," he said.
DOC has put up a cordon around the whale to discourage people from touching it; one person nearly stood on it, a DOC staff member said.