Orca gets too close for comfort
A Blenheim man thought he was about to become a killer whale's toy when an orca began circling him in the water at a Marlborough beach yesterday.
Cody Broughton-Day, 19, was with a group of friends at Whites Bay, near Rarangi, when he spotted fins in the water.
He went to the water's edge to get a better look and saw a pod of orca in the distance. He waded into the sea to warn a kayaker who hadn't spotted the pod.
The water was up to his chest when two orca suddenly appeared right in front of him, he said. Three larger orca were still visible in the distance.
The kayaker who Broughton-Day had gone in to help started frantically back-paddling, he said.
An orca about 3 metres long began to circle him.
"That gave me a bit of a fright," Broughton-Day said.
"If I was any deeper I probably would have been a toy."
The orca kept following him until the water was waist-high, then both orca headed off towards Rarangi.
The Marlborough Express