Orca in Ngunguru

Orca in Ngunguru

Written by Leonie Mahlke (Germany)

After three gorgeous days in Hokianga and the Bay of Islands we were pretty delighted to catch up with the second group of the separated pod.  The conditions were perfect and we couldn’t stop watching their curios and playful behaviour.  While heading to the hen and chicken islands, they suddenly slowed down to take a nap.  Once again, the big male orca with little notches at the top of his fin was attracting our attention.  He kept slapping down his dorsal fin, but we wondered if he was just having a good time or whether it was due to his nicks, which became raw during hitting the water surface.  He definitely deserved a name after all his distinctive actions, and “Nibble” seemed to be made for him.  At one point Ingrid recognised a change in his behaviour and she literally screamed “Breeeeeeach”.  Five seconds later we watched him hauling up his massive body, followed by a big splash.

As it was getting rougher we had to leave the pod after approx 8 hours together. The day made it up to my top 3 of all orca encounters. Thank you Nibble!

 

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