Obligatory Orca post

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 »

Having a whale of a time

Kristin Edge at The Norther Advocate reported on orcas, which means an immediate obligatory post for Whaleoil:


Credit: Ingrid Visser and Monique Visser from Orca Research

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 »

Luna, a wild orca boy, tries to communicate with humans by imitating their boat’s motor.


Huge pod of Orca in Active Pass, Galiano Island BC, Canada

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