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Dr Ingrid Visser arrived to assist in the rescue of this young male orca.  He was vocalising strongly and she was able to make recordings of his calls.  The reason for calling out was apparent not long after he was returned to the ocean, when an adult male orca turned up to accompany the youngester back out to sea.

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Quick Facts

Name Orca (killer whale)
Orca (killer whale)
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Delphinidae
Max. size - Male 9.8 m (32 ft)
Max. size - Female 8.5 m (27.8 ft)
Calf size 2.1-2.6 m (6.8-8.5 ft)
Max. weight - Male 10,000 kg
Max. weight - Female 7,500 kg
Calf weight 160-180 kg
Food various, depending on which population of orca you are discussing (e.g., New Zealand is primarily rays and sharks, Norway is primarily herring)
Latin name Orcinus orca
Location Mangawahi, Northland
Latitude -36.13645
Longitude 174.62872
Number of Whales 1
Number rescued/saved 1
At this rescue

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Dr. Ingrid N. Visser – Whale Rescue Co-Founder

Ingrid has attended numerous mass and individual strandings.  She is experienced in sampling and data collection at these events, and in the use of refloatation Rescue Pontoons and other rescue equipment.  She has served on the Board and was a trainer for another stranding rescue group.


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