New Zealand Orca employ several different hunting methods but most are aimed at catching the same kind of prey – rays and sharks! This is a unique diet compared to the other orca around the world and unfortunately it is why the orca in New Zealand have one of the highest stranding rates of orca populations in the world, following the stingrays into the shallows which will purposely beach themselves to flee from the orcas hungry mouths!
A few individual Orca are also known to hunt dolphins and whales which has been observed several times in Kaikoura. What is surprising to many is that they seem to be uninterested in the seals and there’s never been any documented evidence that they are part of the New Zealand’s populations diet!
Orca are one of our favourite species to watch from the helicopters and planes. Watching them from a birds eye view gives you a unique insight into their behaviour which you just can’t get from a boat, whether it be a young orca swimming underwater upside down or sharing a shark for lunch between the pod just below the surface!
We just never know when or what we are going to see when these top predators are in town and that’s what makes their appearances so exciting! Keep an eye out on our social media pages for our most recent sightings!