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An Auckland man had an up close encounter with a pod of Orca as he rode his jetski near Waiheke at the weekend.
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4/03/2013 1:05:50 p.m.
Good shooting Kirk. When I lived at Waikopou Bay on the Eastern End of Waiheke (left eight years ago) we were regularly visited by a pod of Orcas at this time of the year. Probably the same ones. In those days there was one large male, which was a little bit longer than my 8.5 metre catamaran, so he was quite massive but the others were all much smaller, probably a mixture of females and juveniles. Like Ria, I don't like calling Orcas "Killer Whales" because they are certainly not dangerous to humans. I think there may have been one confirmed attack in Canada but the person involved was wearing an ankle to wrist black wetsuit. On the other hand, when they were around I never let my dogs go for a swim.
21/02/2013 4:35:43 p.m.
Rhoda Davis wrote:
well done kirk,must have been a wonderful experience,suppose you will be looking for more of that excitement
21/02/2013 12:31:50 a.m.
It's actually called a Grampus (google it). Amazing film
20/02/2013 11:15:46 p.m.
not bad for a amature. nice shots the whale think its food
20/02/2013 10:25:22 a.m.
@Ria, they've always been known as Killer Whales. Orca and Killer Whale are the most common used with Blackfish and "Shamu" following behind. If you were a fan of "Orca" you would know that.
20/02/2013 8:45:39 a.m.
Since when have we been calling Orca Killer Whales??? They are Orca!
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