Swimming with Orca: My Life with New Zealand's Killer Whales

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The inspiring stories of Dr Ingrid Visser's encounters with orca.

Called orca by some and killer whales by others, these mysterious animals have become part of Ingrid’s life. She has got to know many orca by sight and calls them her friends. Her experiences with orca challenge their fearsome reputation: she gets into the water with them, watches them hunt, and communicates in any way she can.

Ingrid is the only orca researcher working in the South Pacific. This book details her fascinating discoveries, as well as telling her own personal story and describing her amazing adventures.

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Iím not sure which question I get asked more often: ĎWhen did you first become interested in orca?í or ĎAre you ever afraid when you swim with them?í As I have loved orca ever since I can remember, Iíve never been afraid of them. Thinking back, itís hard to say exactly when the fascination became an obsession, but I can remember when I was really young, about six or seven, knowing that one day I wanted to work with whales and dolphins (cetaceans). At that age I was fascinated with all types of animals, but it was cetaceans that really grabbed my attention. I was asked by one of the other kids at school if I wanted to swap a picture of a dolphin, from a magazine, for some of my treasured animal magazines. This little girl turned out to be pretty shrewd, as she managed to achieve a trade-off which saw her obtaining a whole pile of animal magazines, and me with just one dolphin picture. But I was happy, and in fact still have that dolphin picture tucked away somewhere.

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