Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Yachtie encounters orca in Banks Peninsula

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A pod of killer whale got up close and personal with a yacht in Banks Peninsula.

Christchurch yachtie Murray Hills spotted the orca at the heads of Pigeon Bay on a journey from Christchurch to Akaroa.

He said the pod swam over to the yacht and happily played for about 30 minutes.

"The encounter was both exhilarating and a little intimidating," he said.

"They were so close you could feel the warmth from their breath on your face."

Killer whales are a protected species in Canterbury's coastal marine area.


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