Video provided by friend of Thomas McElroy. Mother and calf followed the boat out of Port Taranaki along the Lee Breakwater. Initially orca were behind the boat. Orca passed on the inside, between the breakwater and the boat. As orca passed the boat the female performed a couple of tail lobs. Unsure on the exact time the video was taken, but the date is definitely correct.
Originally found alive, but in distress in the surf. Died before rescue was complete.
Body collected by members of the Oregon Marine Mammals Stranding Network and will be sent to Portland State University for necropsy.
Terrible pictures, but I think these were common dolphins going off the shape of the beak and dorsal fins. There were about 20 moving in 3 separate groups, all heading in the same direction
Sighting provided by Bridget Harrison & Andrew Wiseman (Port Taranaki). Mother and calf came right the way into the Newton King Tanker Terminal basin in Port Taranaki while a ship was being tied up. They did not appear distressed. They "sounded" and then disappeared under the tugs.
Swimming in the Crystal River. Viewed from the top of the Temple A mound.
ID'd by skipper of boat (Island Packers on way to Channel Islands from Oxnard), who said that this may be the "49'ers" pod, which they see, at most, 2 times a year.
A couple came near while we were swimming.
Sighting provided by Abbie Diggleman and Chaddy. Pod of orca observed off the Sugar Loaf Islands. Pod size approx. 5.
Sighting provided by Abbie Diggleman and Chaddy. Pod of orca followed in the wake of the boat for more than half an hour around the Sugar Loaf Islands. Pod size approx. 5.
Sighting provided by Abbie Diggleman and Chaddy. Pod of orca observed off Motumahanga Island (Sugar Loafs). Pod size approx. 5. Pod approached the boat.
Sighting provided by Abbie Diggleman and Chaddy. Pod of orca observed out from Port Taranaki. Pod size approx. 5.
Sighting provided by Abbie Diggleman and Chaddy. Pod of orca observed inside the port. Pod size approx. 5, with at least two females and one large male. More photographs of dorsal fins available (only selected attached).
Oceanic dolphins are members of the cetacean family Delphinidae. These marine mammals are related to whales and porpoises. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves. As the name implies, these dolphins tend to be found in the open seas, unlike the river dolphins, although a few species such as the Irrawaddy dolphin are coastal or riverine.