An orca calf has been separated from its family in Tauranga Harbour. It has been swimming alone around the habour for around two weeks.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has said the calf must be reunited with a pod for it to survive in the wild.
It’s a life or death situation for the young whale.
A group has been formed to help the orca, with representatives from DOC, local iwi and the Orca Research Trust.
They have been monitoring the whale’s movements since 19 July and while it was swimming freely, they were becoming increasingly concerned about its wellbeing.
Orcas are completely reliant on their pods for food during their young years so cannot survive independently.