Dead whale mistaken for capsized yacht

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File photo / Bay of Plenty Times
File photo / Bay of Plenty Times

Emergency services in Tauranga were called today out after reports of a capsized yacht about 500m off shore from Papamoa beach, only to discover it was actually a dead whale.

The dead juvenile sperm whale was first sighted this weekend near Mayor Island.

Papamoa lifeguards have confirmed that the dead whale is slowly moving towards the shore.

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