The Herald finally reports on something useful
Morgan Tait reports
Aucklander Mike Coughlan was filming a diving trip off Matai Bay on the Karikari Peninsula before Christmas with a friend, and as he resurfaced found himself up close and personal with an 8m orca and her 1.5m calf.
“I was coming back to the boat after diving for crays and was behind the boat when the mother and calf came towards me,” he told the¬†Herald.
The whale dwarfed the 5.6m speedboat he was diving from, he said.
“I think they were curious. I didn’t really have time to be scared or intimidated, they were just suddenly there.”
Mr Coughlan quickly jumped back on to the boat.
“The mother and calf came right up, about half a metre, to the boat …
I had my GoPro [camera] on a stick so I dropped it into the water and filmed them coming over.”
Video, thanks to Mr Coughlan, over the break ¬† Read more »