Attempts to reap seven orca pods from the shallow Pāutahanui Inlet north of Wellington have been abandoned for the day.
Whitby resident Hillary Parker watches as she enters from her deck, and has been watching Orca since Saturday, when the pod arrived at the harbor.
He had seen them floating back and forth along the channels in the inlet, where they had been having a “good time” catching eagle rays for the past four days.
At 11.30am on Tuesday, four boats were trying to unload the pods and bring them back to sea in an effort by the Department of Defense (DOC) to stop the guards.
* Cars and pedestrians stopped, a violation notice was issued as people traveled to see the orc pod.
* Orca lives in the harbor north of Wellington, a police checkpoint blocking rubber knuckles.
* Orcas pod in Poryava port.
“Boats can be seen floating slowly with the wheel,” he said. “They have their own minds and they go where they want to go.”
Parker saw a lot of people breaking lockdown restrictions to get a glimpse of the pod, especially tomorrow.
At one point, about 30 people were watching him from a small space in front of his house, there were no distance restrictions, and some were in cars.
Whale Rescue said in a statement on Tuesday that it had “a number of operational concerns regarding the well-being and prospects of Orcas”.
“Some tactics in use appear to be less than the standard of international best practice for Orca.”
Spokesman Theo Sutoris said it was unfortunate he had not been called in to help.
He said Dr Ingrid Weiser, co-founder of Whale Rescue and founder of the Orca Research Trust, should be included as a prominent orca expert and the only person in New Zealand who has experience dealing with orca in the water.
“It’s not a stranding – it’s a very different game. We really want to be part of the team.
He said rescue boats should run twice in shallow water.
Ian Angus, manager of the Department of Conservation Marine Species, said he was reviewing what happened today and would make changes to the plan as needed.
“We can do more with Orca in the next day or two, depending on the situation.”
Four boats and thirteen people were involved in trying to graze the whales – three Ngoti to Ivy member boats and a DOC boat, with a chariot boat at the mouth of the Pooryava Arm to prevent Orca from entering shallow water.
“Given the shallow depths of low tide, the orca is at risk and remains intact. In addition, older male orcs have shown some signs of reduction or stress, such as dorping dorsal art and reduced activity.
The project was developed on the advice of marine mammals, Project Jonah, who had “considerable knowledge and experience”, and international standing experts such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a group that That follows the latest technology. “