Story: Orcas

Stranding, Paraparaumu Beach

Stranding, Paraparaumu Beach

In 1955, 17 orcas died on Paraparaumu Beach, north of Wellington. Being cooperative animals, whales and dolphins sometimes try to come to the aid of an ailing pod member, only to become stranded themselves.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1955/1030; F

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How to cite this page:

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