The animal, known to be the largest and heaviest which has ever existed, was spotted on Tuesday along Taranaki shore, near New Plymouth, just a day after it was seen drifting upside down by a passing ship about 5km out to sea. Its sheer size and scale was put into perspective by taranaki online dating Stefan Nagel who posted a three-minute clip to YouTube featuring he, his father and hindu gujarati speed dating host of other excited onlookers examining the amazing creature from up close.
Mr Taranaki online dating shows the sheer size and scale of the tonne Blue Whale with one foot on its back and one its flipper Beached: Stefan Nagel's father walks all over the whale which washed up on the New Zealand west coast on Monday Scientists could not determine the exact cause of death for the tonne beast but they believed it died of natural causes Looking slightly worse for wear, the footage shows the animal with parts of its body cut and dissected from a necropsy - an animal autopsy - which scientists undertook to determine its cause of death.
Taranaki Department of Conservation acting senior biodiversity ranger Callum Lilley said it was too difficult to determine how it died, because its organs had deteriorated so badly. He did say, however, that it appeared no shark or predator had tried to devour the whale and it died of natural causes.
Mr Nagel told Daily Mail Australia that he drove to Taranaki Shore before walking some 2km along the remote coastline to where the whale was resting.
He said it was like 'stepping back in time into another era' when he and his father eventually spotted it.