New Zealand residents were treated to a spectacular event just before New Year, when a beachside encounter between orcas and sharks turned into a surf-churning blood-in-the-water battle worthy of a cheesy horror flick. The bloody battle, captured on video by local residents, took place at Blue Cliffs Beach in Tuatapere in New …
I am puzzled about the slow news in Australia, how does that relate to the article?
Is it a slow news day in Spain as well?
Slow news day in Moscow, more like.
NZ to Oz is about the same distance as RegHQ (London) to Moscow, Mexico to Canada, or - for GW Bush - Kabul to Baghdad.
Get over it
It is pretty much the same place, get over it. Let us review the facts we know about areas. For the first contender we have:
Name: New Zealand
Location: Down to the right
And for the other one we have:
Location: Down to the right
Yes, that is my hat and coat. Why do you a..oh, you want me to take it and leave, got it
Get over it...
Close, but no cigar. Australia, type=continent... It is, however, up and to the left.
On your way out, don't let the door hit you on the....
Er, actually one of yer standard skool geography trivia bits is that Australia is unique in being a Country, a Continent *and* an Island, all at the same time.
The innate inability of Australia to decide what it is explains Barry Humphries.
*for New Zealand
Or as my NZ cousin calls it ... the "West Island".
That would be Tasmania? :-)
A public-librarian friend had a parent come in looking for information on Tasmania for their daughter's school assignment, which was to be on a country other than Australia!
Some days we exist only to make the US look good.
Or the place on the map...
...called Iraq, according to some Americans.
saw that map...
I preferred the 'I never realised North Korea was so much bigger than South Korea' bit.
pretty good, I would have like to see great whites or Tigers go up against an Orcas. Guess I'll catch it this year on SciFi channel.
Orcas eat Great Whites too
if you have a quick Google you'll find all sorts of references.
such as this from the Torygraph
Being air breathing, Orcas can absorb far more oxygen than gill breathers so can develop a lot more power.
Orcas v Great Whites
I have seen this and these fights are actually pretty dull.
The Orca hit the sharks and flip them on their backs. They then keep them upside down until they go into a catatonic state. Where the Orca will then start dining at their leisure.
In fight terms it would be a bit like watching Royce Gracie quickly choking out Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"In fight terms it would be a bit like watching Royce Gracie quickly choking out Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Or Chuck norris taking on everybody... at the same time...
I don't blame the sharks one bit!
If I was being picked on my a pod of Orcas I'd be throwing myself up the beach and attempting to develop lungs and legs in double quick time too!
punctuated evolution in action?
sharks with feet?
You need to watch the movie
It is Free Willie - on one of his bad hair days. You need to watch the movie.
were 7 gill sharks - we catch them from the beach here while surfcasting.
Slow news day in Australia
Author is in Oz. NZ-Ozzie friendly rivalry dictates items like this get reported in Oz (no doubt resulting in such comments as "call that a shark attack? THIS is a shark attack!")
Orca's = evil bastards
People need to forget the Free Willy image of Orca's. They're a bunch of clever, sadistic (seen what they do to seals?), eat-anything-including-you bastards.
Can't help but admire them though, and evolution for coming up with such an efficient air-breathing apex predator.
(For the creationists: What I meant was "Isn't god wonderful for coming up with these 6000 years ago?")
"...........who owns the dog seen harassing a shark in the video...........
in my small NZ hometown, if someone called you Australian at school you were morally obliged to smack the bastard. (I lost a lot of fights at college). Explains why Russell Crowe is such a w*nker tho.
not first time...
ive seen video footage of orcas taking on great whites and winning.
apparently all sharks become paralysed if they are turned upside down. so the orcas basically ram them from the underside while another distracts the shark. once upside down they stop them turning then they suffocate.
i think this was off the coast of San Francisco. impressive to watch.
that's surely not the same Pete Robinson of NME and KLF fanzine fame is it?
whale i never!
What the sharks really want is
if the sharks had FRIKKIN' LASERS!!! the Orcas would respond with SMEGGIN' TACTICAL NUKES!!!11, they're that hardcore.
"....the dog seen harassing a shark in the video..."
Ah yes, the rare Massive Bollocked Nutterhound if I am not mistaken. They do that sort of thing you know.....
"Yes, that is my hat and coat. Why do you a..oh, you want me to take it and leave, got it"
Only if you're in NZ - if you're in Oz they will have been stolen by now anyway, so just focus on the leaving part.
The essential difference between NZ and OZ is that being a Kiwi my ancestors actually bought tickets to get here, as opposed to being given a free overseas holiday.
..."if you're in Oz they will have been stolen by now anyway"...
you left out the 'by a kiwi' bit.
I worked in a juvenile detention centre to pay for my uni fees, and sadly over 40% of the detainees identified as kiwi.
Ali Baba and his forty thousand thieves
Indeed. There's a certain tendency for Kiwi yobbos to believe that in NZ they'll be watched, but in a bigger arena they'll be anonymous. So bad behaviour is less likely to be punished.
Now that I think about it that's been going on for a long time. The NZ Army led by General Freyberg in the Second World War was known to some shocked allies as "Ali Baba and his forty thousand thieves".
Would have been a better story if the dog at the end's name had been Fenton.