These sorts of clips are mandatory here at Whaleoil
This is pretty cool
While guiding a LOTR tour around Wellington (NZ), we came across a pod of about 6-8 Orcas (aka Killer Whales), making their way out of the Wellington Harbour, moving from Scorching Bay back through Karaka Bay. We stood on the Karaka Bay jetty, and let the gentle giants pass right below us. Magic!
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 »
Kristin Edge at The Norther Advocate reported on orcas, which means an immediate obligatory post for Whaleoil:
It seems locals and tourists aren’t the only ones enjoying Northland’s fabulous coastline at this time of year.
A pod of 23 orcas delighted boaties and devoted researcher Dr Ingrid Visser when they cruised into the waters at the Poor Knight Islands last week. Read more »
It isn’t often you see a stranded Orca…though the left-wing keep hoping and praying.
In late September three commercial shrimp fishermen near Ketchikan, Alaska came to the aid of a killer whale stranded on a shallow, rocky inlet. A video posted on YouTube last week shows the men calmly petting a large female orca and pouring water over its body, waiting for the rising tide to help them return it to the water.
Jason Vonick told ABC news that he and his partners, Nick Segal and John Oakes, were preparing for the start of their fishing season when they saw several killer whales hunting seals near a rocky inlet. When one of the orcas got stuck on some rocks, the men anchored their fishing vessel and ventured closer in a smaller, 15-foot boat to see if they could help, but the orca’s mass and low tide was working against them. Read more »