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Killer whales spotted in Savai'i

Two orca whales have been spotted at Manase in Savai'i by tourists on a fishing charter trip.

The tourists, a group of women from Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters in New Zealand, were staying at Stevenson’s at Manase and took a half-day fishing trip while there.

Orcas, or killer whales, are rarely seen in Samoan waters. 

Sharing the photos on Facebook, Stevenson’s at Manase, said it was a blessing to see them so close to the fishing vessel.

Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment data shows orca whales are one of 12 species of whales and dolphins that swim through Samoan waters. 

Orcas are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered species, listed as low in numbers but without enough data on their status.

The Red List reports there is no action recovery plan or systematic monitoring scheme in place for orcas, and they are threatened by several threats, including shipping, fishing, agricultural and industrial pollution and climate change.

The Ministry's Secretariat for the Regional Environment Programme have been approached for comment.

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