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A dead sperm whale has washed up on the beach at Paraparaumu, north of Wellington.
Marine mammal rescue group Project Jonah said on its Facebook page that the "large, dead whale" was being attended to by Department on Conservation staff, who were carrying out tests and taking measurements.
The cause of death was not yet known.
Some locals had gathered at the beach at Paraparaumu to view the dead sperm whale.
"We wouldn't recommend you approach or touch a dead whale as their skin will quickly decompose," Project Jonah said.