Orca and calf spotted near Island Bay in Wellington video

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A close encounter with an orca mother and calf in Wellington's Island Bay.

An orca and its calf provided an unexpected highlight for a Wellington woman's sightseeing tour on Thursday.

The woman was showing a friend around the city on Thursday afternoon when she spotted the killer whales in calm waters off Island Bay.

The mother and calf were seen resting before continuing their journey south via Owhiro Bay.

An orca and her calf in Island Bay on Thursday.
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An orca and her calf in Island Bay on Thursday.

Orcas are often seen in spring, when newborns are fit to travel.

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