Date: 01 February 2019
Update 6.20 pm:
DOC Operations Manager Stephen Soole says, “Good news, the orca whales that stranded in the middle of Kaipara Harbour this afternoon have refloated with the rising tide.
"It's believed they were chasing food and became stranded at around 2.30 pm.
"DOC is standing down. Big thanks to the local boaties who kept the whales cooled and also to Project Jonah and the Orca Research Trust who were mobilising to assist.”
Update 4 pm
A DOC team is on the way to the site says Stephen Soole, DOC Operations Manager Kauri Coast. Teams from Project Jonah and the Orca Research Trust are also heading to the stranding.
The whales are stranded in the middle of the harbour and only accessible by boat. The water is about half a meter to one metre deep with high tide due at around 9.30 pm.
Members of the public in three boats are currently keeping the orca wet. There have been reports of a number of sharks in the area.
Information is still coming in.