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A Postcard from the Tasman Sea

Bottlenose dolphins, humpbacks and southern right whales all call these extraordinarily pristine waters home, as photographer Brent Purcell finds.

Published on Sep 13, 2018

Running 15 kilometers in from the Tasman Sea and with sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 meters, Milford Sound is best explored by tramping or by kayaking. In one of the wettest places on earth, it is common to find seals, bottlenose dolphins, and, thanks to recovery efforts, humpback and southern right whales as swimming companions. Early European explorers, including Captain Cook, overlooked these waters thinking they held little promise, but today up to one million visit each year. — BRENT PURCELL



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