of flensing whale in Coromandel's Mercury Bay
The traditional practice of flensing - cutting the skin and fat from a whale - has begun in Mercury Bay in the Coromandel.
Local iwi Ngāti Hei are being guided by cultural whale experts from Ngāti Wai in Northland.
The 16-metre-long sperm whale washed up at Matapaua Bay and was towed nearly 12 kilometres south to Wharekaho the site of an ancient Ngāti Hei pā, which is appropriate for burial.
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