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Savaged Whale turns heads during movie filming

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Oct. 11 / 2016

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A handler travels on Savaged Whale’s back as she makes her way back to Gulf Harbour after filming.

Movie-star spotters hoping to catch a glimpse of Jason Statham and Ruby Rose didn’t get to see them today during filming on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula

But they were introduced to the actors’ co-star, a shark-savaged whale, which was spotted floating in the Hauraki Gult.

If the filming of movie Meg wasn’t already Auckland’s worst kept secret, seeing the whale hauled along the super-city’s motorways to Gulf Harbour would have been a dead giveaway.

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Savaged Whale is all smiles as her handlers manoeuver her back to the Gulf Harbour boat ramp.

Statham and Rose are in New Zealand to film sci-fi movie Meg, based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel of the same name, and the filming is reportedly underway at an Auckland film studio.

The pair have been on location in Auckland, though Statham had a busy weekend holiday with his fiance in Queenstown.

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Like her co-stars the whale will get a makeover to look more impressive onscreen during production of the movie, with blood and gore added for effect.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming locations for Meg include New Zealand and China.

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Fake guts trails from Savaged Whale after her movie encounter with a giant prehistoric shark.

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The costume department removes the prop from Savaged Whale before she is hauled from the water.

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Savaged Whale came prepared with wheels attached so her 1.5 tonne was easily launched and recovered.

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Savaged Whale co-stars in the movie with Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Cliff Curtis and Bingbing Li.

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Savaged Whale was lifted onto a waiting truck and chauffeured off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.