Close orca encounter
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 5:00a.m.
An Auckland man had a close encounter with a pod of orca as he rode his jetski near Waiheke at the weekend.
Kirk Davis was heading back in from a day of fishing when he saw “something large” bobbing in the water.
“It was actually a small whale that was sitting on his tail and was just bobbing up and down vertically,” he says.
When I went a bit closer and had a look, there was probably around five or six of them there.”
Mr Davis says after a while the orcas started to trust him and let him get closer.
“I became one of the pod,” he says.
“We cruised for probably, four miles around the bottom end of Waiheke.
The orcas had surrounded his jetski and were playing with Mr Davis’ rolling camera when he held it underwater and even appeared to be “smiling”.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” he says.
Watch the video to see Kirk Davis’ underwater footage of the orca.
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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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