Diving with orcas

Last week some New Zealand divers doing a navigation training session got a bit more than they bargained for when a large orca and a calf swam into a reef channel near where they were.  The larger one was apparently a whale that was 7 metres long and it came within touching distance of instructor Jim Kahukoti of  Adventure Dive Gisborne.  He described it as the highlight of his 3,000 dives.

A ranger from the Department of Conservation thinks that the male  may have been teaching the calf to hunt stingray.

There’s some good photos and a video on the New Zealand Herald’s website.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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