Surfers swim with whales

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Surfers swim with whales

Posted on 22nd Sep 2011 07:57 | By Phillipa Yalden

A family of five orca whales caused quite a stir at Mount Maunganui beach yesterday when they came close to shore while chasing stingray.

Dennis Tait-Jamieson from Hibiscus Surf School got up close and personal with the family of mother, father and three calves, after spotting them off Leisure Island at around midday on Wednesday.

A family of five orca were spotted off Mount Maunganui beach yesterday and surfer Dennis Tait-Jamieson got the chance to swim with them. Photo: Hibiscus Surf School.

“One really kind of bonded with me. It came right up against me, then did a loop and came back again.”

Dennis and fellow surfer Guy Shuttleworth followed the whales as they made their way from Leisure Island down to Papamoa stopping at different locations to have a swim with the family.

“I have swum with Moko a few times but there is…

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