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Orca injury from a boat propeller

Orca injury from a boat propeller

Boats and their propellers are one of the main threats to orcas in New Zealand waters. Skippers should maintain a steady course or stop until the orcas have passed. Two slice wounds from a boat propeller can be seen along the back of this orca.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Orcas - Feeding and other habits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006