Sperm whale dies in Northland

A sperm whale died overnight in Doubtless Bay, Northland.

On Friday afternoon the Department of Conservation (DoC) was alerted to the whale's stranding near Doubtless Bay, according to conservation group Project Jonah.

Staff worked through the night to save the whale, but it passed away at 2:30am this morning.

Project Jonah, which works directly with the conservation and protection of whales, posted on its Facebook page the whale measured over 15 metres in length.

The whale will be blessed and buried by the local iwi, Ngati Kahu, today.

It has yet to be confirmed if the whale will have a biopsy to see the contents of its stomach

Earlier this week a 9.5m-long sperm whale washed up dead on a shore in Indonesia. Inside the whale there was 115 plastic drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two jandals.