Last Saturday, on his way through the Northern Cook Islands, Bengineer stepped off the Tiare Taporo to find a whale skull on the tip of the Omoka side of Penrhyn island. Bengineer is currently working on the above mentioned sailing cargo vessel as Chief Engineer.
Because of an earlier visit to the island on the S.V.Kwai, Bengineer knew where to find cetacean remnants that were not yet identified. Nan Hauser asked him to collect samples for DNA identification to confirm the possible identity of the animal: a beaked whale. This is a rare whale species that is not often seen on the ocean surface. A positive identification would make it extra interesting to investigate the area of the Northern Cook Islands more closely.
For next year, Centre for Cetacean Research and Conservation, based in Rarotonga, is actually planning to do an expedition to the Northern Cook Islands to establish a baseline on the cetacean population in this area. Please go to our page Future Projects to read about the details and the way in which you could help to establish funds.