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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, June 2) – Pacific Divers dived with a seven metre long minke whale off the northern coast of Rarotonga on Thursday.

"The whale, which resembles a dolphin when it surfaces to breathe, may have been in the area for a few days as another one of our divers had previously reported seeing it," says Pacific Divers owner Stephen Lyon.

He says Glenn Palmer and Kenny Monaghan were out on a dive trip with Pacific Divers dive master Charles Henderson when Glen spotted what he thought was a dolphin.

"Once they reached the dive site and rolled in they were surprised to find themselves in the water with a 7m Minke whale," says Lyon.

The whale swam around the divers, then slowly moved away, leaving Glenn, Kenny and Charles awestruck.

"I've been diving for 20 years, and this is the first whale I've seen in the water," said a beaming Glenn Palmer.

Diving with a whale is certainly an experience never to forget and Lyons says the divers were fortunate to see the whale up close as although common in the Pacific, they are seldom seen around coastal waters.


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