Mar. 31st, 2010

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This one made the front page of my local paper, as it happened fairly close to here:

A pod of eight orca pursued a pod of pseudo orca - a smaller dolphin that has similar markings - before one, female orca singled out a pseudo orca and apparently played with it and tossed it about 10m into the air before breaking its back with her nose as it fell. The pseudo orca and its calf were then both eaten by the orca pod as the rest of the pseudo orca pod fled.

What made this so fascinating was that it happened about 50 - 100m from a tourist whale-watching boat, and there is now clear footage of the event. You can see the orca flip the pseudo orca high into the air.



Orca in NZ have quite a taste for stingrays (we get them up our harbour, hunting stingrays), but obviously the population here doesn't confine itself to just cold-blooded food groups.

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