A group of locals helped refloat a 25-year-old killer whale that had beached itself at Ruakaka in Northland yesterday afternoon.
It is the second time Putita has beached himself in 11 years. Volunteer surfers and DOC workers, directed by orca expert Dr Ingrid Visser, worked to push Putita back out to shore, while his distressed mother and brother swam back and forther across the shore.
Putita was finally returned to his pod around 2.30pm - half an hour after his stranding.
See the footage shot by Nicolas Brikke here