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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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Record number of Humpback whales migrate past NZ !!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 13th, 2015.      0 comments

I want to take a look at our fantastic humpback whales in New Zealand. 
Humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and the south pacific, often passing by NZ during their migration. They spend their summers in the rich waters of Antarctic feeding on krill and small fish. Then they migrate to warmer south pacific where they will have their calves. This northern migration happens in June to July as the whales travel north past NZ , often passing along the east coast and Tauranga after crossing through the Cook Strait.
This migration offers a brilliant opportunity to survey of the humpback whale population, as Humpback whales pass through the cook straight they are counted and identified. They can be identified by their distinctive dorsal fin and the black and white colouring on their flukes (Tails). It is exciting to see the population growing now whales in New Zealand are protected.

The 2015 survey has just been completed and we have a new record :) 137 humpback whales have been spotted in the cook strait crossing !!!!  This is by far the highest population recorded in NZ in many years and shows a huge growth in the population.
This survey was extra special, as a tiny baby less than a week old was seen measuring 3-4m in length. This is only the second time a baby has been spotted in NZ since the surveys began in 2004. I'm sure anyone who has been out with us when we have encountered a baby dolphin can agree they are so special to see !! :)
They also spotted  the famous Australian Migaloo, a completely white humpback whale.  There are only 4 white humpback in the world and 2 of these are Migaloo's offspring so this is a very exciting find. White humpback whales are thought to live as long as any other (50 years) though what brings on this white colouration is still unknown.
 Humpback whales are most famous for their spectacular breaching out of the water and their complex songs which can be 20 minutes in length and be repeated for over 24 hours !!
 

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Record number of Humpback whales migrate past NZ !!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 13th, 2015.      0 comments

I want to take a look at our fantastic humpback whales in New Zealand. 
Humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and the south pacific, often passing by NZ during their migration. They spend their summers in the rich waters of Antarctic feeding on krill and small fish. Then they migrate to warmer south pacific where they will have their calves. This northern migration happens in June to July as the whales travel north past NZ , often passing along the east coast and Tauranga after crossing through the Cook Strait.
This migration offers a brilliant opportunity to survey of the humpback whale population, as Humpback whales pass through the cook straight they are counted and identified. They can be identified by their distinctive dorsal fin and the black and white colouring on their flukes (Tails). It is exciting to see the population growing now whales in New Zealand are protected.

The 2015 survey has just been completed and we have a new record :) 137 humpback whales have been spotted in the cook strait crossing !!!!  This is by far the highest population recorded in NZ in many years and shows a huge growth in the population.
This survey was extra special, as a tiny baby less than a week old was seen measuring 3-4m in length. This is only the second time a baby has been spotted in NZ since the surveys began in 2004. I'm sure anyone who has been out with us when we have encountered a baby dolphin can agree they are so special to see !! :)
They also spotted  the famous Australian Migaloo, a completely white humpback whale.  There are only 4 white humpback in the world and 2 of these are Migaloo's offspring so this is a very exciting find. White humpback whales are thought to live as long as any other (50 years) though what brings on this white colouration is still unknown.
 Humpback whales are most famous for their spectacular breaching out of the water and their complex songs which can be 20 minutes in length and be repeated for over 24 hours !!
 

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Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Record number of Humpback whales migrate past NZ !!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 13th, 2015.      0 comments

I want to take a look at our fantastic humpback whales in New Zealand. 
Humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and the south pacific, often passing by NZ during their migration. They spend their summers in the rich waters of Antarctic feeding on krill and small fish. Then they migrate to warmer south pacific where they will have their calves. This northern migration happens in June to July as the whales travel north past NZ , often passing along the east coast and Tauranga after crossing through the Cook Strait.
This migration offers a brilliant opportunity to survey of the humpback whale population, as Humpback whales pass through the cook straight they are counted and identified. They can be identified by their distinctive dorsal fin and the black and white colouring on their flukes (Tails). It is exciting to see the population growing now whales in New Zealand are protected.

The 2015 survey has just been completed and we have a new record :) 137 humpback whales have been spotted in the cook strait crossing !!!!  This is by far the highest population recorded in NZ in many years and shows a huge growth in the population.
This survey was extra special, as a tiny baby less than a week old was seen measuring 3-4m in length. This is only the second time a baby has been spotted in NZ since the surveys began in 2004. I'm sure anyone who has been out with us when we have encountered a baby dolphin can agree they are so special to see !! :)
They also spotted  the famous Australian Migaloo, a completely white humpback whale.  There are only 4 white humpback in the world and 2 of these are Migaloo's offspring so this is a very exciting find. White humpback whales are thought to live as long as any other (50 years) though what brings on this white colouration is still unknown.
 Humpback whales are most famous for their spectacular breaching out of the water and their complex songs which can be 20 minutes in length and be repeated for over 24 hours !!
 

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Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Record number of Humpback whales migrate past NZ !!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 13th, 2015.      0 comments

I want to take a look at our fantastic humpback whales in New Zealand. 
Humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and the south pacific, often passing by NZ during their migration. They spend their summers in the rich waters of Antarctic feeding on krill and small fish. Then they migrate to warmer south pacific where they will have their calves. This northern migration happens in June to July as the whales travel north past NZ , often passing along the east coast and Tauranga after crossing through the Cook Strait.
This migration offers a brilliant opportunity to survey of the humpback whale population, as Humpback whales pass through the cook straight they are counted and identified. They can be identified by their distinctive dorsal fin and the black and white colouring on their flukes (Tails). It is exciting to see the population growing now whales in New Zealand are protected.

The 2015 survey has just been completed and we have a new record :) 137 humpback whales have been spotted in the cook strait crossing !!!!  This is by far the highest population recorded in NZ in many years and shows a huge growth in the population.
This survey was extra special, as a tiny baby less than a week old was seen measuring 3-4m in length. This is only the second time a baby has been spotted in NZ since the surveys began in 2004. I'm sure anyone who has been out with us when we have encountered a baby dolphin can agree they are so special to see !! :)
They also spotted  the famous Australian Migaloo, a completely white humpback whale.  There are only 4 white humpback in the world and 2 of these are Migaloo's offspring so this is a very exciting find. White humpback whales are thought to live as long as any other (50 years) though what brings on this white colouration is still unknown.
 Humpback whales are most famous for their spectacular breaching out of the water and their complex songs which can be 20 minutes in length and be repeated for over 24 hours !!
 

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