Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nobby The Traveller

Remember Nobby, the orca that stranded on Papamoa Beach, near Tauranga in September 2008? A crowd of 2,000 watched that day-long rescue effort.
Well, since then he's been travelling all around New Zealand: orca expert Ingrid Visser has been trying to keep tabs on him. She's recorded him in the Bay of Islands and Whitianga. Then he circumnavigated the North Island before turning up in the Hokianga Harbour. Following that, he was seen in Whangarei Harbour before heading for the Poor Knights Islands. He returned to the Bay of Islands and then was spotted in the Hauraki Gulf. And just a few days ago he was seen in Endeavour Inlet in the Marlborough Sounds!
Nobby is a 25-year-old five metre, five tonne orca who loves to eat stingrays.
Visser is keen to keep track of Nobby and is urging anyone who spots a whale to ring 0800 SEE ORCA.

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