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A dream of orcas

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Every once in a blue moon I’m fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.

This experience was one of those very rare, but truly magical encounters.

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This was to be a day of trialling a new kayak and Kim from Paddling Perfection kayaks drove down from Auckland the night before with a demo boat for me to take out the next day.

Since he was staying with us for the night, it was a night filled with talking about some of my many encounters with sharks, rays and whales.

He explained to me that one day he himself would love to see Orcas as all he had really seen were a few seals in the past, but not much more.

So after getting our gear ready for the next day, we called it a night with the hope that something more than the mostly guaranteed sighting of a seal, might show up.

When I woke in the morning I explained I had had a dream that night. In the dream we launched our kayaks from Pilot Bay and paddled around the Mount where, before too long, we came across a pod of Orca.

This dream was incredibly vivid and as the clear as the water was to be that day. We didn’t think much more about it because, well, it had been 18 months since I’d seen Orca like that, so what were the chances?

We drove to Pilot bay, just as we did in my dream the night before, and the rest is history.

Nz Orca feed on mostly on rays. On this day, I saw some incredible sights, as did many of the people watching from the base of the Mount.

Orca were coming up out of the water with Eagle rays in the side of their mouths. One of which was flapping like crazy before an Orca calf came up alongside and bit the ray in half.

Another Eagle ray ’flew’ out of the water and up onto the rocks in front of the people on the Mount track, in an effort to get away from the large black and white brutes.

To see nature at it’s finest is incredible to watch and something that I hope will be viewable for many generations to come.

Enjoy the video, have a great weekend, and as always, be good to the ocean.

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Posted on 22-06-2015 16:56 | By vonnie

thanks for a great video clip that most of us just dream about seeing...more please...btw we do live in a very beautiful part of NZ

Posted on 20-06-2015 09:13 | By Me again

Once again absolutely beautiful. Could almost be there myself on your awesome video clips. More of the same please!!!
More Wow, Nathan!

Posted on 20-06-2015 08:58 | By nerak

Once more, many thanks for sharing your beautiful experience with us. Quite something to wake up to this video! I’m going to dream of rays and orca.... Meanwhile, I’ll replay the video, again, and again.
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