A whale has been brought into Tauranga Harbour on the bow of a ship.
The ship arrived at the Port of Tauranga at around 11.30am yesterday, with the whale hanging off the bow.
The whale is believed to be dead.
Department of Conservation staff it was a Bryde's whale and about 12m long.
DOC Tauranga Rotorua area operations manager Jeff Milham says it's a big whale.
DOC and port staff and tangata whenua had been at the scene during the afternoon to work out what to do with the whale.
The last Jeff heard the plan was to remove the animal from the bow of the ship, then secure it somewhere for the night.
A decision on what to do next would be made today.
-Additional reporting from Stuff.co.nz