People living in Nain were surprised by a group of Orca whales visiting in their harbour.

Rita-Ann Dicker says it's pretty unusual to spot the whales in the harbour, so it was such an exciting event that some people hopped in their boats to get a closer look.

"We just went for a short ride in one direction and then we were lucky to find them in one spot in the harbour. We were really lucky to have seen them when we did," Dicker said.

"It was amazing. I was so excited — I didn't think I would get a chance to see something like that so close to Nain so I'm very happy to have been able to get the experience."

Dicker said someone in the community had spotted the whales in the morning, and word was quick to get around the community.

"At first, when we first seen them, they were jumping out of the water. But then they were just coming out slowly and they were kind of scared, I guess, so they would just move around a lot," she said.

"Everyone is talking about it everywhere you go — it's exciting. Everyone is just asking if you've seen them and if you went out to go see them in the boat, how many were there."