The very small and critically endangered population of Bryde’s whale has made the Hauraki Gulf – a key feature and an integral part of the Auckland region – home, Stuff reports. Now, an art campaign run by the World Wide Fund New Zealand (WWF) hopes to bring awareness to the mammals’ plight. The Whale Tales Trail project has provided artists across the country with 1.8m-tall blank sculptures, in the form of whale tails, to be painted in a design that highlights the issues the whales and the ocean face. Auckland Council’s State of the Gulf report shows that since human arrival, the Hauraki Gulf’s key fish stocks have declined by over 50%, sharks by 85%, and whales and dolphins by 97%.

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