Pod of orca spotted on Wellington's south coast

An orca blows spray in Owhiro Bay.
ALANNAH MCLEAN

An orca blows spray in Owhiro Bay.

A family of up to 10 orca delighted onlookers when they were spotted frolicking and feeding on a sublimely sunny Wellington afternoon.

Alannah Mclean had been with her partner, who was surfing at Houghton Bay on the capital's south coast on Friday, when the couple spotted the pod and followed them to Island Bay before the orca made their way out of sight at Owhiro Bay.

Mclean said her partner had been quite glad to get out of the water before the visitors got to Houghton Bay.

The pod spotted, with  Tapu Te Ranga Island in the background, at Island Bay.
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The pod spotted, with Tapu Te Ranga Island in the background, at Island Bay.

Despite being known by the public as killer whales, orca are actually the largest members of the dolphin family.

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"It was a mum, dad and children and they seemed to be in a feeding frenzy, splashing around ... it was a pretty cool experience, they were about a metre away when they came near shore - it was pretty cool," Mclean said. 

The pod stopped at Island Bay as they made their way around the  south coast.
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The pod stopped at Island Bay as they made their way around the south coast.

 

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The pod of killer whales in Owhiro Bay heading west to Makara.
ALANNAH MCLEAN

The pod of killer whales in Owhiro Bay heading west to Makara.

The family feeding in Island Bay.
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The family feeding in Island Bay.

 - Stuff

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