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Orca Calf Toa Farewelled With Dawn Ceremony

Saturday, 24 July 2021, 1:23 pm | Department of Conservation

Amid karakia and waiata, the baby orca known as Toa was farewelled by around 70 people at Plimmerton Boating Club at dawn this morning before being taken for burial by Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Toa died in his sea pen last evening. Department of Conservation ... More >>

Orca Update – 5pm Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday, 23 July 2021, 5:08 pm | Department of Conservation

A reported sighting of an orca pod on the Kāpiti Coast is being investigated by air and sea, while the orca calf remains stable at the Plimmerton Boating Club. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says two aircraft are searching ... More >>

Orca Update – 11am Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday, 23 July 2021, 11:02 am | Department of Conservation

The orca calf at Plimmerton Boating Club is responding well to being back in the sea pen, while efforts to find the stranded calf’s pod will ramp up through a fine weather window. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus ... More >>

Orca Update – 5pm, 22 July 2021

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 5:00 pm | Department of Conservation

A decision has been made to move the orca calf being held at a temporary pool at Plimmerton Boating Club back into the sea pen. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says the orca calf’s health has been assessed and vets ... More >>

Orca Update – 10.30am, Thursday 22 July 2021

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 11:15 am | Department of Conservation

There was no change overnight for the orca calf at Plimmerton Boating Club, with the next steps to be determined by the weather forecast. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says the orca calf fed and rested well overnight ... More >>

Stranded Juvenile Orca Update

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 5:02 pm | Department of Conservation

The predicted persistence of poor weather has meant that there will be no change for the orca calf being cared for at Plimmerton Boating Club and it is likely to remain in the temporary pool for at least another day. The young orca has now been ... More >>

Upper South Island Great Walks And Tracks Impacted By Heavy Rain

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 3:36 pm | Department of Conservation

The Heaphy Track is closed and the Queen Charlotte Track is only partially open due to damage from last weekend’s heavy rain. The tracks are among a number of Department of Conservation (DOC) tracks, campsites and access roads in the top of ... More >>

Orca Update 11am 21 July

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 11:30 am | Department of Conservation

The stranded orca calf remains in a stable condition but onsite veterinarians are continuing to monitor some health concerns. DOC Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says some of the injuries sustained by the calf during the stranding are healing ... More >>

5.30 Pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Plimmerton

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 5:54 pm | Department of Conservation

Sightings of orca in the Wellington region made earlier today have been investigated, but searches by boat and air have not been able to locate a pod. “We continue to monitor the health of the orca calf and it remains in a stable condition,” says ... More >>

10.30am Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Plimmerton

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 10:26 am | Department of Conservation

With favourable weather conditions and credible sightings reported, the focus of today is on the search for the juvenile orca’s pod in and around Wellington. Sightings were reported this morning at Seatoun and Makara. There will be air and sea searches ... More >>

Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Plimmerton

Monday, 19 July 2021, 5:34 pm | Department of Conservation

An investigation is underway into a pod that has been sighted in the Marlborough Sounds. “We have still to confirm whether or not this is the orca’s pod, and there are currently people in the Sounds trying to get photographs to confirm. We ... More >>

11.00am Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Plimmerton

Monday, 19 July 2021, 10:56 am | Department of Conservation

The Porirua site where a stranded juvenile orca is being cared for in a temporary pool remains closed to the public today for safety reasons. DOC and its operation partners are hopeful that the orca can be transferred back to the sea pen late this ... More >>

Orca Update – 2pm Sunday 18 July 2021

Sunday, 18 July 2021, 2:25 pm | Department of Conservation

Current weather and marine conditions are too rough to investigate yesterday’s orca pod sighting further, but will be reassessed throughout the day. Department of Conservation Marine Ecosystems Manager Kirstie Knowles says it is unlikely any ... More >>

Orca Pod Sighted Of Wellington Coast

Sunday, 18 July 2021, 5:32 am | Department of Conservation

A credible sighting of a pod of orca has been reported off the Kapiti Coast, near where the juvenile orca stranded last Sunday, but weather conditions in the area make it unsafe for further investigation. DOC marine species manager Ian Angus says ... More >>

4.30pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:34 pm | Department of Conservation

A portable pool will be brought on site as contingency planning continues for bad weather at the location north of Wellington where a stranded orca calf is being cared for. The orca calf – believed to be between four and six months old – stranded ... More >>

11.30am Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 11:39 am | Department of Conservation

Preparing for deteriorating weather and sea conditions is the focus of efforts at the site north of Wellington where a stranded orca calf is being kept in a temporary pen and cared for by rescuers. The orca calf – believed to be between four and ... More >>

5pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 5:00 pm | Department of Conservation

Efforts to reunite a stranded orca calf with its pod have continued today, with a new reported sighting of an orca pod off the coast of Taranaki. The orca calf – believed to be between four and six months old – stranded on rocks at Plimmerton ... More >>

12.30pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 12:33 pm | Department of Conservation

The search for a pod of orca off the Wellington coast has resumed today (14 July) as work continues to reunite a stranded orca calf with its family. The orca calf – believed to be between four and six months old – stranded on rocks at Plimmerton ... More >>

6.30pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 7:04 pm | Department of Conservation

The orca calf at the centre of a rescue effort in Plimmerton near Wellington remains stable tonight (Tuesday, 13 July) after specialist veterinary treatment. The orca calf – believed to be between four and six months old – stranded on rocks just ... More >>

Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Porirua

Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 2:37 pm | Department of Conservation

Efforts to save the orca calf stranded at Plimmerton are continuing today (13 July), with Department of Conservation (DOC) working alongside Whale Rescue and volunteers. Ensuring the animal remains in a reasonable condition and reuniting it with its pod ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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