A kite-surfer near Nelson’s historic lighthouse, a camera-wielding Mapua man, and a standup paddle boarder at The Glen have experienced the magic of a pod of orcas firsthand.
Mapua man Paul Nankivell’s friends in Ruby Bay called him early yesterday, saying a pod of orcas was in front of their seaside home.
“I raced off down there, but they had disappeared. The tide was still coming in, so we went around to the Mapua wharf. There they were – a pod of about six, including some young ones. They swam up inside the new floater and around the wharf, before heading up to Grossi Point,” he said.
Nankivell said they chased stingrays, before returning back down the channel and out into the bay.
Kite Surf Nelson owner and manager Shane Anderson was standup paddle boarding about midmorning, when he came across the orcas on the outside of the Boulder Bank near the lighthouse.
“It was a bit scary, but very exciting. They definitely came over to check me out. They come in every summer, and I have kite-surfed with them in the past. There was a group ahead of me, and they were going really fast. It was hard work keeping up with them,” he said.