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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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Very rare Southern Right whale

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 25th, 2015.      0 comments

There has been a spectacular southern Right whale hanging out on the Mount main beach in Tauranga. Everyone who has seen whales will know what an amazing opportunity it is.

The whale spent several days cruising around in the shallows and delighting everyone watching. It was fascinating to see it rolling around, slapping the water with its long pectoral fins and lifting its head right out. We also got to see it blowing water in a huge v shape into the air. It was about 9m in length and was likely a juvenile as the adults can grow up to 18m.

Southern right whales often come into shallow waters around New Zealand’s coasts but it is a treat to see them this far north. They breed and calve in shallow waters over the winter.  This whale has been seen travelling up along the east coast and is believed to be part of a larger pod which has been spotted further off shore earlier in the week. They only travel 9km an hour so you can imagine how long its been travelling probably from the subantarctic waters near the 

They can come close to shore to feed and can dive down for up to an hour, sometimes meet up with large pods when food in plentiful. They are baleen feeders and sieve feed on tiny planktonic species such as copepods.
Seeing this southern right whale relaxing in the shallow waters was such a treat, We can’t wait to see what our next whale species spotted will be !!! 
 

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Very rare Southern Right whale

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 25th, 2015.      0 comments

There has been a spectacular southern Right whale hanging out on the Mount main beach in Tauranga. Everyone who has seen whales will know what an amazing opportunity it is.

The whale spent several days cruising around in the shallows and delighting everyone watching. It was fascinating to see it rolling around, slapping the water with its long pectoral fins and lifting its head right out. We also got to see it blowing water in a huge v shape into the air. It was about 9m in length and was likely a juvenile as the adults can grow up to 18m.

Southern right whales often come into shallow waters around New Zealand’s coasts but it is a treat to see them this far north. They breed and calve in shallow waters over the winter.  This whale has been seen travelling up along the east coast and is believed to be part of a larger pod which has been spotted further off shore earlier in the week. They only travel 9km an hour so you can imagine how long its been travelling probably from the subantarctic waters near the 

They can come close to shore to feed and can dive down for up to an hour, sometimes meet up with large pods when food in plentiful. They are baleen feeders and sieve feed on tiny planktonic species such as copepods.
Seeing this southern right whale relaxing in the shallow waters was such a treat, We can’t wait to see what our next whale species spotted will be !!! 
 

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Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Very rare Southern Right whale

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 25th, 2015.      0 comments

There has been a spectacular southern Right whale hanging out on the Mount main beach in Tauranga. Everyone who has seen whales will know what an amazing opportunity it is.

The whale spent several days cruising around in the shallows and delighting everyone watching. It was fascinating to see it rolling around, slapping the water with its long pectoral fins and lifting its head right out. We also got to see it blowing water in a huge v shape into the air. It was about 9m in length and was likely a juvenile as the adults can grow up to 18m.

Southern right whales often come into shallow waters around New Zealand’s coasts but it is a treat to see them this far north. They breed and calve in shallow waters over the winter.  This whale has been seen travelling up along the east coast and is believed to be part of a larger pod which has been spotted further off shore earlier in the week. They only travel 9km an hour so you can imagine how long its been travelling probably from the subantarctic waters near the 

They can come close to shore to feed and can dive down for up to an hour, sometimes meet up with large pods when food in plentiful. They are baleen feeders and sieve feed on tiny planktonic species such as copepods.
Seeing this southern right whale relaxing in the shallow waters was such a treat, We can’t wait to see what our next whale species spotted will be !!! 
 

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Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Very rare Southern Right whale

Written by Dolphin Queen on July 25th, 2015.      0 comments

There has been a spectacular southern Right whale hanging out on the Mount main beach in Tauranga. Everyone who has seen whales will know what an amazing opportunity it is.

The whale spent several days cruising around in the shallows and delighting everyone watching. It was fascinating to see it rolling around, slapping the water with its long pectoral fins and lifting its head right out. We also got to see it blowing water in a huge v shape into the air. It was about 9m in length and was likely a juvenile as the adults can grow up to 18m.

Southern right whales often come into shallow waters around New Zealand’s coasts but it is a treat to see them this far north. They breed and calve in shallow waters over the winter.  This whale has been seen travelling up along the east coast and is believed to be part of a larger pod which has been spotted further off shore earlier in the week. They only travel 9km an hour so you can imagine how long its been travelling probably from the subantarctic waters near the 

They can come close to shore to feed and can dive down for up to an hour, sometimes meet up with large pods when food in plentiful. They are baleen feeders and sieve feed on tiny planktonic species such as copepods.
Seeing this southern right whale relaxing in the shallow waters was such a treat, We can’t wait to see what our next whale species spotted will be !!! 
 

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