Family of orcas circle diver off the coast of New Zealand

Staff writer

This diver experienced an epic encounter with a family of orcas while collecting sea urchin off the coast of New Zealand.

Footage shows a group of 'curious' orcas closely circling Rowan Virbickas.

A playful juvenile can be seen pulling Rowan's fin before swimming away with the rest of the pod.

"I was working away catching sea urchin when this friendly baby orca came flying at me followed by its family," Rowan said.

''They played all around me for over a minute, then disappeared for a minute while I fumbled for my GoPro, then raced back and kept playing for another minute and a half. It was Amazing.''