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Moutohora Island

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Moutohora Island Thornton  New Zealand
Moutohora Island

Nine kilometers (5.5 miles) off the coast from Whakatane, Moutohora (also known as Whale Island) was carefully cleared of pests and predators to create a sanctuary for wildlife and an area of thriving biodiversity. There are more than 200 plant species here, both native and introduced, and many notable bird colonies, including grey-faced petrels, New Zealand dotterels and sooty shearwaters. In summer, orcas, pilot whales and even blue whales frequent the waters, along with large pods of common and bottlenose dolphins.