Pod of giants pay delighted boaties a surprise visit

The orcas surrounded a boat near Motuihe Island. Photo / Craig Harman
The orcas surrounded a boat near Motuihe Island. Photo / Craig Harman

Expatriate Kiwi Craig Harman's festive holidays got a special boost when he had this close encounter with a group of orcas in the Waitemata Harbour.

The London-based television cameraman was in Auckland visiting his parents when the orcas, including two youngsters, surrounded the family boat near Motuihe Island about 4.30pm on Thursday.

"We were on a fishing trip and suddenly eight or nine whales in two groups appeared from nowhere and came over to the boat for a look at us," Harman, 34, said. "It was incredible seeing something so majestic swimming in a city harbour.

"In London, the most exotic thing I have seen was a seal in the River Thames so this was an unforgettable experience."

- Herald on Sunday

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