Traditional Polynesian culture teaches that whales are part of both darkness and light; they belong to both the divine and the physical worlds.  The whale is believed to be the animal form of the Tahitian ocean god Tangaroa.  Beaches where whale carcasses washed up were held especially sacred and guarded by royalty and priests.  


Tangaroa was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Nature-Underwater category in the 2019 Budapest International Foto Awards