Orca chases dog and diver

Obligatory Orca whale post:

An astonishing encounter between a crayfish diver, a frightened dog and a pod of hungry orca has been caught on video.

Scott de Jongh, 34, and his friend Dale Graham were diving at Mathesons Bay just north of Auckland last Sunday when the pod of orca came between them and the shoreline.

De Jongh, of Auckland, said they had no idea the orca were less than 20m away because visibility was bad underwater.

“We didn’t notice until we finished the dive. Then we saw the dorsal fins,” De Jongh said.

The stunned divers climbed on to a rock and waited about 15 minutes for the orca to leave before swimming to shore.

“I was actually quite relaxed, I knew it was (not a shark) because the fin was quite long and black in colour. It was a really, really good experience.”

Twenty minutes later, two orca returned and De Jongh’s wife, Deonette, was ready with a camera.

The video, which has more than 8000 views on YouTube, shows a frightened diver scrambling on to a rock.

He whips off his goggles and peers frantically around at the murky water.

The orca loses interest in the man and turns towards a curious labrador in the water. Within seconds, the dog turns and paddles for land as the orca follows.


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  • Flash bit of footwork shown by the Lab, I don’t think the wet suit will be a clean and tidy piece of waterproofing.

  • Vlad

    I imagine the guy on the rock and the dog haven’t seem orcas cleaning seals off a beach, a famous scene first filmed by David Attenborough. I would not feel comfortable unless I was about 50ft above high water.

    • Honcho

      Usually sting rays around these parts of NZ, you can find short tail and eagle sting rays just about anywhere with a sandy seabed, NZ orcas are quite unique in their hunting of stingrays to the point where it is just about their primary food source.