Whales causing carnage

Orca pod enjoying the sun and audience

Orca pod enjoying the sun and audience

No not me silly, but Orca nonetheless:

A small pod of orcas brought traffic to a halt on State Highway 1 near Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington and even caused several accidents as drivers gawked. 

The four orca could be seen playing only metres off shore from about 9.30am, bringing large crowds to the scenic Centennial Highway between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki.

Police said accidents had occurred from drivers looking at the orcas and not the cars in front of them.

The side of the road was packed with cars and people hoping to catch a glimpse of the orca, which came as close as 20m from the shore.

Some people were parking next to SH1 and leaping the median barrier to see the orca before they swam away.

The orcas can still be seen heading north along the shore towards Paekakariki.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    Sting ray for lunch…

  • Dick Brown

    Bloody blubberneckers.

  • Day Day

    Big kelp forests out there. Good place to stop for a feed.

  • Spiker

    The whales are minding their own business, its the stupid humans causing the carnage.

  • Gordon Gibson

    Struth Whale, your tail is losing weight.

  • drummerboy

    Just another reason to hurry up and build transmission gully

    • ‘Backwater Avoidance Diversion Project’ I call it.

  • notjaffa

    New Police Slogan: “Don’t look at Orca’s, look at your cars”