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It’s Orca season! We’ve had Orca sightings in the bay a few times in the last couple of weeks, and we always get the same question – do Orcas eat humans? The answer is NO! There is no record of humans ever being attacked by Orca in the wild. Here are some Orca facts….
 

Orca, also known as Killer Whales, are actually part of the dolphin family! The name killer whale comes from old fishermen referring to them as ‘whale killer’, after observing their hunting behaviour. Orca in Antarctica sometimes hunt and eat juvenile whales, along with small sharks, octopus, fish, squid… They aren’t picky! Orca around New Zealand love sting rays, which is why we often see them come right in to the harbour and Pilot Bay to hunt them!

 

There are around 150-200 Orca that live around New Zealand. They can each be identified by the shape of their pectoral fin (the big fin on their back) and the shape and brightness of the white marks behind their eyes and on their back. Males have a very long, straight dorsal fin, sometimes as long as 5ft, and females have a smaller, curved fin.  The males can grow up to 9 meters in length! But it’s the females that live the longest, living to about 90 years old. The oldest Orca ever recorded lived to 104 years old.

 

Orca are highly intelligent, and like other dolphins they communicate with each other using clicks and whistles, and hunt using echolocation. This is really helpful in dark deeper waters, or murky shallow water. They can also tell what kind of prey it is, and whether it is a human or a seal! So there really is no need to be afraid of Orcas.. They are just big playful dolphins!

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Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

We've really been fighting Mother Nature recently! The recent windy weather has put a bit of a halt on our trips at times, but the trips that we have had in between have been amazing!
 
The beautiful sea conditions on these in between days have been spectacular and the sea life we've seen has been incredible! We've skipped past huge sunfish, had very close encounters with beautiful blue sharks, and been to several penguin parties, admired albatrosses and so much more!
 
We’ve spotted spectacular pods of over two hundred common dolphins and some fantastic swimming encounters with dolphins coming so close to the swim bars! We had a lady who was seven months pregnant swimming this week and the dolphins loved her! With their sonar they can see the unborn child and they really showed it coming close and really having a look at her!
 
We even had a Dolphin Seafaris first this week and found a small pod of dolphins we think we're asleep! 
 
Even more awe inspiring, Saturday was magical with a group of around thirty pilot whales, feeding and milling around so close to the boat! It was a real family group with adults and juveniles and they even brought their tiny baby to show us! 
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The season has really got into the swing now, the weather is settling down, the water is warming up and the ocean is swimming with life for you to see! Call us now on our dolphin hotline 075770105 or email bookings@nzdolphin.com we're booking up so don't miss out!
 
With Christmas coming up why not give one of our one in a lifetime trips as a gift? We can organise gift vouchers for that special Christmas surprise for a loved one. Call us or email for more details! 
 

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Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

We've really been fighting Mother Nature recently! The recent windy weather has put a bit of a halt on our trips at times, but the trips that we have had in between have been amazing!
 
The beautiful sea conditions on these in between days have been spectacular and the sea life we've seen has been incredible! We've skipped past huge sunfish, had very close encounters with beautiful blue sharks, and been to several penguin parties, admired albatrosses and so much more!
 
We’ve spotted spectacular pods of over two hundred common dolphins and some fantastic swimming encounters with dolphins coming so close to the swim bars! We had a lady who was seven months pregnant swimming this week and the dolphins loved her! With their sonar they can see the unborn child and they really showed it coming close and really having a look at her!
 
We even had a Dolphin Seafaris first this week and found a small pod of dolphins we think we're asleep! 
 
Even more awe inspiring, Saturday was magical with a group of around thirty pilot whales, feeding and milling around so close to the boat! It was a real family group with adults and juveniles and they even brought their tiny baby to show us! 
 IMG 6982compressed-421
 
The season has really got into the swing now, the weather is settling down, the water is warming up and the ocean is swimming with life for you to see! Call us now on our dolphin hotline 075770105 or email bookings@nzdolphin.com we're booking up so don't miss out!
 
With Christmas coming up why not give one of our one in a lifetime trips as a gift? We can organise gift vouchers for that special Christmas surprise for a loved one. Call us or email for more details! 
 

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Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

We've really been fighting Mother Nature recently! The recent windy weather has put a bit of a halt on our trips at times, but the trips that we have had in between have been amazing!
 
The beautiful sea conditions on these in between days have been spectacular and the sea life we've seen has been incredible! We've skipped past huge sunfish, had very close encounters with beautiful blue sharks, and been to several penguin parties, admired albatrosses and so much more!
 
We’ve spotted spectacular pods of over two hundred common dolphins and some fantastic swimming encounters with dolphins coming so close to the swim bars! We had a lady who was seven months pregnant swimming this week and the dolphins loved her! With their sonar they can see the unborn child and they really showed it coming close and really having a look at her!
 
We even had a Dolphin Seafaris first this week and found a small pod of dolphins we think we're asleep! 
 
Even more awe inspiring, Saturday was magical with a group of around thirty pilot whales, feeding and milling around so close to the boat! It was a real family group with adults and juveniles and they even brought their tiny baby to show us! 
 IMG 6982compressed-421
 
The season has really got into the swing now, the weather is settling down, the water is warming up and the ocean is swimming with life for you to see! Call us now on our dolphin hotline 075770105 or email bookings@nzdolphin.com we're booking up so don't miss out!
 
With Christmas coming up why not give one of our one in a lifetime trips as a gift? We can organise gift vouchers for that special Christmas surprise for a loved one. Call us or email for more details! 
 

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Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

We've really been fighting Mother Nature recently! The recent windy weather has put a bit of a halt on our trips at times, but the trips that we have had in between have been amazing!
 
The beautiful sea conditions on these in between days have been spectacular and the sea life we've seen has been incredible! We've skipped past huge sunfish, had very close encounters with beautiful blue sharks, and been to several penguin parties, admired albatrosses and so much more!
 
We’ve spotted spectacular pods of over two hundred common dolphins and some fantastic swimming encounters with dolphins coming so close to the swim bars! We had a lady who was seven months pregnant swimming this week and the dolphins loved her! With their sonar they can see the unborn child and they really showed it coming close and really having a look at her!
 
We even had a Dolphin Seafaris first this week and found a small pod of dolphins we think we're asleep! 
 
Even more awe inspiring, Saturday was magical with a group of around thirty pilot whales, feeding and milling around so close to the boat! It was a real family group with adults and juveniles and they even brought their tiny baby to show us! 
 IMG 6982compressed-421
 
The season has really got into the swing now, the weather is settling down, the water is warming up and the ocean is swimming with life for you to see! Call us now on our dolphin hotline 075770105 or email bookings@nzdolphin.com we're booking up so don't miss out!
 
With Christmas coming up why not give one of our one in a lifetime trips as a gift? We can organise gift vouchers for that special Christmas surprise for a loved one. Call us or email for more details! 
 

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