By Josie July 7th, 2023
The orca is one of the most frequently sighted whales in New Zealand waters, with an estimated population of around 150-200 individuals.
The footage shows two orcas swimming at a high speed straight towards two kids, who naturally start to panic
Luckily, the orcas pass by the children, mere inches away, their powerful presence evident but their intentions benign.
Adult male orcas can reach lengths of up to 30 feet and weigh up to 10 tons, their tails can deliver forceful blows to incapacitate or stun their victims.
They are capable of reaching speeds of up to 34 miles per hour, allowing them to swiftly pursue and overtake their prey.
Their teeth, which can reach up to 4 inches in length, aid in gripping and tearing apart their prey.
They collaborate during hunts and use complex vocalizations and coordinated hunting tactics to encircle and capture prey.
There have been several fatal orca attacks on humans.
However, it’s important to note that these incidents are relatively rare and have all occurred in captivity.
There are no known natural predators of orcas, although young orcas or calves may be vulnerable to larger sharks.