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22 Jan 2018 16:46
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  •   Home > News > Environment

    Orca seen in Wellington Harbour

    A pod of orca have arrived in Wellington Harbour as the city prepares to see the New Year in.

    A pod of orca are in Wellington Harbour as the capital prepares to see the New Year in.

    A picture of four orca in the harbour has been posted on the Wellington Live Facebook page and people commenting say they saw more than that.

    There is a fireworks display for kids at 9pm in the city on New Year's Eve followed by the main display at midnight to welcome in the New Year.

    The Department of Conservation says pods of orca are known to venture into Wellington Harbour throughout spring and summer looking for a unique food source, but it is rare for them to stick around.

    They dig in the muddy sea bottom for stingrays and are often seen hearding them into shallow water around Oriental Parade, Frank Kitts Park, and The Lagoon.

    New Zealand is home to an estimated 150 to 200 individuals, which travel long distances throughout the country's coastal waters.


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