I'm finally on my way to Rarotonga! Sitting here in Auckland international I've learned (with free internet access for 30 minutes) that the Muri Beach Club Hotel on Rarotonga has sponsored an 8th satellite tag! Thank you so much for your support MBCH! Nan tells me there were 10 whales just outside the lagoon yesterday and Alex Zerbini has arrived from Seattle. Lastly, today is a special day in Rarotonga as the Cook Islands Marine Park - Marae Moana celebrated the opening of their offices in Avarua. Way to go team! And a special thanks to Conservation International and local hero Kevin Iro for making the marine park a major step towards sustainable development and conservation of the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone.
More to come folks! Will introduce the team and Whale Research HQ in my next posts once on island.