There are Killer whales in Wellington harbour today. Last I heard they were below Khandallah heading for Petone, about 30 metres off-shore.
I asked Anton Van Helden, our Collection manager of Marine Mammals, about them. He said they are frequent visitors to Wellington Harbour as it was in their natural range.
He wasn’t sure what they were doing in the harbour, but thought it was an exciting opportunity for people to see them. He also advised being careful around them and remembering not to harrass them.
I’d love to see a photo of them if some one has taken any!
You might also want to check out Anton on Tales from Te Papa. He is talking about the rare and mysterious Spade-toothed whale. A scientific detective story with a twist!
Beaked whales – Tales from Te Papa episode 6