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Richie to return home

Tuesday January 20, 2015 Written by Matariki Wilson Published in Local Tiare the rescued red eared slider turtle, pictured here with her temporary minder Morgan John, returns to her real home in Tikioki today, where her owners actually call her Richie. The freshwater turtle was found in the Tikioki lagoon during the floods over the […]

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Aere ra e te to’ora, ka kite aka’ou

The Whales came, we have loved seeing them, and they have conquered our hearts …” Have you been captivated by a humpback whale breaching off the reef this season? Have you been stopped in your tracks to admire the blow of mist as a humpback whale exhales before diving into the deep blue? It is […]

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New home for living Manihiki oysters

Thursday August 14, 2014 Written by Ben Chapman-Smith Published in Local Hundreds of Cook Islands black pearls are sold every year but very few people ever get the chance to lay eyes on the actual oysters which grow them. But a new display at the Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre will give both locals […]

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First whale shows up in Rarotonga

Wednesday May 28, 2014 Written by Ben Chapman-Smith Published in Local Whale season does not officially begin until July, but a lone humpback has been spotted cruising in Rarotonga’s warm waters this week. Sheryl and Huw John, who managed Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, reported seeing the whale blowing water not far off Avarua […]