Swimming with orca in Wellington

  • 05/03/2013

Wellingtonians were treated to sights of orca in the harbour for the second day in a row today.

A pod of around 12 orca were spotted hunting in a pack in Oriental Bay before moving around to Evans Bay and Miramar Peninsula. The pack appeared to have a baby orca.

One eager man was seen snorkelling with them as they rounded the harbour side of the Miramar Peninsula – something which is against the law if a juvenile orca was present.

Typically called killer whales, orcas belong to the dolphin family and are not true whales.

Pods of orca are common in Wellington Harbour and were seen in March last year and December 2011 where they entertained crowds in Oriental Bay.

Last week, hundreds of bottlenose dolphins delighted onlookers when they circled en masse around Oriental Bay

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