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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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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Firstly, Happy New year to old and new friends alike!

and Secondly, apologies for being slack with my blogging, too many post-trip naps, but I promise I'll be better from now on!

The Christmas period was FANTASTIC for us at Dolphin Seafaris, with amazing encounters and some of the best swims we have ever had! I even got to go in!

The beginning of the year has given us some incredible wildlife encounters with the species list including dolphins, whales, sharks and sunfish and if it carries on like this, 2015 is going to be pretty special!

One of the most special occurred on one of those tough days, wildlife was hiding from us and it took longer than normal to find anything, even for our fantastic spotters! But when we did? BOY was it worth the wait! A pod of around 80 Oceanic Bottlenose dolphins (the 'Flipper' kind) casually hanging around with both Pilot Whales AND False Killer Whales (Pseudorca)! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you don't QUITE believe yourself!

Another AMAZING common dolphin encounter and swim was followed by a pretty special "Splash spot" by one of our happy customers. The crew on the roof soon noticed that this looked a little different, and it turned out to be a Bryde's Whale! This elusive guy was pretty shy, surfacing only once or twice every 9 minutes but at one point was directly underneath the boat, seeing his bubbles surface so close set even the crew's spines tingling!

The New Zealand population of Bryde’s (pronounced Brooders) whales is listed a critically threatened species in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation. This is due to its small population is small and predominantly found in one location (the Hauraki Gulf) so to see one in our neck of the woods was fantastic! 

The weather has been pretty tough these past couple of weeks, the January winds coming a little later than usual, but we're expecting a lot more settled weather in the weeks to come and some more Breathtaking encounters and dolphin swims so make sure you're on board! Call us on 07-577 0105 or email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime!
 

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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Firstly, Happy New year to old and new friends alike!

and Secondly, apologies for being slack with my blogging, too many post-trip naps, but I promise I'll be better from now on!

The Christmas period was FANTASTIC for us at Dolphin Seafaris, with amazing encounters and some of the best swims we have ever had! I even got to go in!

The beginning of the year has given us some incredible wildlife encounters with the species list including dolphins, whales, sharks and sunfish and if it carries on like this, 2015 is going to be pretty special!

One of the most special occurred on one of those tough days, wildlife was hiding from us and it took longer than normal to find anything, even for our fantastic spotters! But when we did? BOY was it worth the wait! A pod of around 80 Oceanic Bottlenose dolphins (the 'Flipper' kind) casually hanging around with both Pilot Whales AND False Killer Whales (Pseudorca)! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you don't QUITE believe yourself!

Another AMAZING common dolphin encounter and swim was followed by a pretty special "Splash spot" by one of our happy customers. The crew on the roof soon noticed that this looked a little different, and it turned out to be a Bryde's Whale! This elusive guy was pretty shy, surfacing only once or twice every 9 minutes but at one point was directly underneath the boat, seeing his bubbles surface so close set even the crew's spines tingling!

The New Zealand population of Bryde’s (pronounced Brooders) whales is listed a critically threatened species in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation. This is due to its small population is small and predominantly found in one location (the Hauraki Gulf) so to see one in our neck of the woods was fantastic! 

The weather has been pretty tough these past couple of weeks, the January winds coming a little later than usual, but we're expecting a lot more settled weather in the weeks to come and some more Breathtaking encounters and dolphin swims so make sure you're on board! Call us on 07-577 0105 or email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime!
 

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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Firstly, Happy New year to old and new friends alike!

and Secondly, apologies for being slack with my blogging, too many post-trip naps, but I promise I'll be better from now on!

The Christmas period was FANTASTIC for us at Dolphin Seafaris, with amazing encounters and some of the best swims we have ever had! I even got to go in!

The beginning of the year has given us some incredible wildlife encounters with the species list including dolphins, whales, sharks and sunfish and if it carries on like this, 2015 is going to be pretty special!

One of the most special occurred on one of those tough days, wildlife was hiding from us and it took longer than normal to find anything, even for our fantastic spotters! But when we did? BOY was it worth the wait! A pod of around 80 Oceanic Bottlenose dolphins (the 'Flipper' kind) casually hanging around with both Pilot Whales AND False Killer Whales (Pseudorca)! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you don't QUITE believe yourself!

Another AMAZING common dolphin encounter and swim was followed by a pretty special "Splash spot" by one of our happy customers. The crew on the roof soon noticed that this looked a little different, and it turned out to be a Bryde's Whale! This elusive guy was pretty shy, surfacing only once or twice every 9 minutes but at one point was directly underneath the boat, seeing his bubbles surface so close set even the crew's spines tingling!

The New Zealand population of Bryde’s (pronounced Brooders) whales is listed a critically threatened species in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation. This is due to its small population is small and predominantly found in one location (the Hauraki Gulf) so to see one in our neck of the woods was fantastic! 

The weather has been pretty tough these past couple of weeks, the January winds coming a little later than usual, but we're expecting a lot more settled weather in the weeks to come and some more Breathtaking encounters and dolphin swims so make sure you're on board! Call us on 07-577 0105 or email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime!
 

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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Firstly, Happy New year to old and new friends alike!

and Secondly, apologies for being slack with my blogging, too many post-trip naps, but I promise I'll be better from now on!

The Christmas period was FANTASTIC for us at Dolphin Seafaris, with amazing encounters and some of the best swims we have ever had! I even got to go in!

The beginning of the year has given us some incredible wildlife encounters with the species list including dolphins, whales, sharks and sunfish and if it carries on like this, 2015 is going to be pretty special!

One of the most special occurred on one of those tough days, wildlife was hiding from us and it took longer than normal to find anything, even for our fantastic spotters! But when we did? BOY was it worth the wait! A pod of around 80 Oceanic Bottlenose dolphins (the 'Flipper' kind) casually hanging around with both Pilot Whales AND False Killer Whales (Pseudorca)! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you don't QUITE believe yourself!

Another AMAZING common dolphin encounter and swim was followed by a pretty special "Splash spot" by one of our happy customers. The crew on the roof soon noticed that this looked a little different, and it turned out to be a Bryde's Whale! This elusive guy was pretty shy, surfacing only once or twice every 9 minutes but at one point was directly underneath the boat, seeing his bubbles surface so close set even the crew's spines tingling!

The New Zealand population of Bryde’s (pronounced Brooders) whales is listed a critically threatened species in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation. This is due to its small population is small and predominantly found in one location (the Hauraki Gulf) so to see one in our neck of the woods was fantastic! 

The weather has been pretty tough these past couple of weeks, the January winds coming a little later than usual, but we're expecting a lot more settled weather in the weeks to come and some more Breathtaking encounters and dolphin swims so make sure you're on board! Call us on 07-577 0105 or email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime!
 

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We are a passionate team who love all marine life, especially dolphins, and enjoy educating our customers about dolphins and marine life. With many years of working with marine animals and a high success rate of locating dolphins, Dolphin Seafaris will give you the dolphin tour of a life time. 

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