The Department of Conservation (DoC) is working quickly to remove two dead adult sperm whales from a Golden Bay beach at the top of the South Island.
DoC is working against time to get their bodies off the beach before the carcasses start decomposing.
The three sperm whales were spotted on the beach yesterday but by the time DoC arrived, they were already dead.
The whales are about 17m long and weigh about 40 tonne each. It's hoped the whales will be taken to Farewell Spit where they can decompose naturally.
The jaw bones will be given to local iwi, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rarua.