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Otago | Southland | West Coast | Stewart Island
Fiordland National Park
A trip of a life time onboard C-Moose along the Southern Coastline towards Fiordland National Park. To explore the scene's of numerous endeavours, sealing, whaling, the search for flax, coal and gold mining, and saw milling. Including the inland lakes, rivers of the South Island, New Zealand.
Each year (mid winter ) C-Moose will select a trip on a half moon, neap tide, weather permitting, either side of a low tide, and explore the coastal and inland areas.
Moose - Alces alces andersoni, were imported from Saskatchewan Canada, into the South Island by the New Zealand Acclimatisation Society as a sporting animal along with red deer in the early 20th century.
The initial introduction occurred in 1900 when four animals from Canada were released in Hokotika. The initial release was supposed to have been fourteen animals but ten died on the voyage from Canada.
Out of these four animals only one was a cow, and was said to wander the streets of a local settlement until 1914 when it was no longer seen.
These animals were presumed to have not survived and a further release was planned.
This occurred on the 6th of April 1910, when six female and four male, ten month old calves were released in Supper Cove in Dusky Sound.
It was believed these animals died out due to the competition from Red Deer - Cervus elaphus, however a small number must have persisted as reports of physical traces and sightings continued. These sightings became quite prevalent between 1929 and 1952.
Herrick Creek was one spot where a bull moose was supposedly shot by one Eddie Herrick in 1934.
This was one of a dozen animals shot between 1910 and 1952.
The last one sighted and shot in 1952 was presumed to have spelt the end of the establishment of a moose population in New Zealand, in fact it would have been the only population of wild Moose in the Southern Hemisphere.
Four photographs of moose taken by a hunter in Fiordland almost 60 years ago have finally been revealed publicly. Fred Stewardson (78), of Hikurangi, in Northland, took the photographs on a hunting trip to Wet Jacket Arm in 1953. But his older hunting companion, friend and mentor Eddie Young, swore him to secrecy, fearing the moose would be shot by hunters if the photographs were revealed at the time. Only a handful of photographs of moose in Fiordland are known to exist, most taken between 1923 and 1952. Mr. Stewardson's photographs, taken from about 70m, include the only known photograph of a group of three moose - a bull, a cow and its calf.
THE LOST FIORDS MYSTERY
Astorm has whipped the already volatile Tasman sea into a fury. Four metre waves lash the rocks at the entrance to Doubtful Sound with a surge so powerful that even on the sea bed 90 metres below the sand is being stirred up by each wave.
A southerly gale, carrying the breath of Antarctic ice, heralds an early winter, and the two fishermen on their small lobster boat shrink deeper into the warmth of the cabin and the glow of the stove as a billy boils tea.
Although their own craft is some four kilometres inside Doubtful Sound, sheltered by an island, the sea is still running a good two metre swell out in the channel.
But as one of the men gazes across the inlet his attention is suddenly captured current a black mass breaks through the waves less than a hundred metres away, seawater draining from it like waterfalls. Even in the dusky twilight, the outline of a submarine is obvious to the fishermen.
It is not the first time they seen a submarine at Fiordland, and it probably wont be the last, but with the news media full of reports of fishermen getting ridiculed after claiming to have seen submarines around New Zealand, these men are bright enough not to bother calling it in to the daily media at any rate.
Within 90 seconds, the underwater ship has gone sinking back into the inky depths of Doubtful Sound that plunge from 90 metres at the entrance to a staggering 421 metres deep (1400 feet) within the Sound itself.
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