Kōrero: Orcas

Mother and calf

Mother and calf

Orca calves mostly swim very close to an adult – usually their mother – although the pod often shares the responsibility of caring for young. When swimming together they also tend to surface for air together, as in this photograph. Calves are born after 17 months’ gestation, and are suckled for the first year. At birth, their dorsal fins and tail flukes are soft and floppy. The newborns are helped to the surface to take their first breath.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10049616

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Orcas - Orcas in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4663/mother-and-calf (accessed 27 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006