Orcas cruise into Caroline Bay

'They tend to feed on stingrays'

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:31 02/12/2013
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

SPOTTED: Two orcas in Caroline Bay.

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Timaru's coast got some visitors this morning.

A pod of orcas was seen in the port and headed north about mid morning.  

Thejs Pedersen, a Primeport pilot contacted the Herald about 8.30am to say staff had sighted four of them.

Herald photographer Mytchall Bransgrove used his legs and his long lens when he headed out to capture an image. He walked the coast after capturing this shot at the North Mole, looking across to Dashing Rocks, but didn't have much luck getting up close.

Department of Conservation marine ranger Derek Cox said the pod would likely have been feeding on stingrays.

''There are three pods of orcas that float around the country. There's a pod around the North Island and a pod around the South Island, and a pod that moves right around the country.

''The orca around New Zealand have given up on seals, and now they tend to feed on stingrays.''

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