Orca video Port Abercrombie Great Barrier Island

Fishing the Barrier-

Orca's 11-4
Met pods of Orca coming back from a paddle up to the top of Great Barrier in Port Abercrombie-
Two Big males patrolling that had dorsal fins towering above my seated height and one gave me a cursory glide past head on that was like playing chicken :worried: with a truck.
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On the way out I'd seen a pod of Dolphins making a hasty exit from this area and they were low flying -almost clinging to the rocky coast as they sped past at a great rate of knots, so fast it was hard to get a photo of them.
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The sound of the Orca's blowing in the distance caught my attention and a real impressive sight- there must have been at least 20 or more in various pods actively scouring all of the bay systematically hunting for Rays .
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One had a distinctive abnormality - a big hump the size of a big mussel farm buoy on it's back-
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Pretty sure it wasn't a buoy, but who knows , it seemed to be swimming along OK.
Bought to mind Dr. Ingrid Vissers Doco recently that said they are contaminated by heavy Metals that accumulated in them causing serious disorders.
 

Sorry about the poor video quality as I was rubber necking nervously wondering where the Big Bull had gone -(nervous Dramatic Effect type filming)
He surfaced right behind me at the end :worried: and a expletive is uttered !

A few more -
Conditions on the way out led to decision to meander on up towards Miners Cove up near the top-
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Little Barrier off to Port-
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Then mucked around with Kingy's sniffing around and Snaps caught and released-
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Just another rather feisty Barrier Snapper come to play.
 
Lunch stop in Katherine Bay-
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A few Shrek hermit style sheep to commune with-
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Then up to Miners Cove into a building 10-15 knot headwind
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About this stage I was so enthralled by the awesomeness of the paddle I lapsed a bit with my energy electrolytes and not much Tea previous night and started tying up so as she's mighty remote up there and no Cell coverage or VHF decided to turn back(15 -20 km'sout)
Surfing back around exposed headland trying to avoid rebounding waves I startled myself and a 7' Hammerhead as I virtually ran over it with fast retraction of dragging knuckles on my part :o
 
 



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