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Source: Department of Conservation

Date:  19 July 2021

DOC and its operation partners are hopeful that the orca can be transferred back to the sea pen late this afternoon, weather dependant.

The bad weather conditions over the weekend meant the orca remained in the temporary pool. It remains stable after successful feeding.

Last Sunday (11 July) the orca calf was stranded on rocks near Plimmerton, north of Wellington. An ongoing operation to care for the orca calf is being led by the Department of Conservation (DOC) with support from Orca Research Trust/Whale Rescue Trust, local iwi Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the local community.

Ian Angus, DOC Marine Species Manager, says the focus of today is to try and transfer the orca back to the sea pen, weather permitting. 

DOC, veterinarians and Whale Rescue/Orca Research Trust are receiving regular advice from international orca experts and veterinarians – information proving vital as decisions are made.

There have been sightings of orca pods over the weekend.

Anyone who sights orca pods off the lower North Island’s west coast – particularly between Wellington and Taranaki – is urged to provide as much information as possible to DOC, via wellington@doc.govt.nz or by calling 0800 DOC HOT. Essential information includes the location of the pod, direction of travel of the animals, and photographs or videos which clearly show the saddle/back markings of the animals and their dorsal fins.

Updates on the stranded juvenile orca in Porirua

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Report orca pod sightings

Anyone who sights orca pods off the lower North Island’s west coast – particularly between Wellington and Taranaki – is urged to provide as much information as possible to DOC, via marinemammals@doc.govt.nz or by calling 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

Essential information includes location of the pod, direction of travel of the animals, and photographs or videos which clearly show the saddle/back markings of the animals and their dorsal fins.

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