A small pod of orca whales swimming just metres off shore in Nelson and Motueka drew crowds of eager onlookers yesterday afternoon.
The pod of about between four and six whales, believed to be a mother and calves, was seen off Rocks Rd, between Tahunanui Beach and the city's port, at around 3pm yesterday and was also spotted off the Kina Peninsula and Port Motueka.
People headed down to the waterfront to catch a glimpse of the visiting pod and traffic slowed as people tried to watch the whales, according to comments on social media sites.
"They came right into the shallows feeding - there were lots of young ones", said Nelson woman Amber Winter.
Yesterday's visit marks the second sighting of an orca pod in the past week, after a group of whales chasing stingray was captured on video by in Ligar Bay by Nelson woman Roz Speirs on Sunday.
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