This grey whale has really taken a liking to Vancouver, or so it seems. And it might have even called in a friend. On Friday, several eyewitnesses reported seeing two grey whales in English Bay.
Social media photos and videos continue to pour in for the fourth consecutive day of grey whale sightings in Vancouver’s local waters, just off the West End and Kitsilano areas. A mammal was first spotted on Tuesday swimming closely against the shoreline of Stanley Park, and it has made reappearances every single day since.
Crowds gathered on the seawall have been watching in awe, and on some occasions the whale was just 15 metres away from the shore. As well, photos and videos posted online documents close encounters with a paddle boarder, kayaker and a dragon boat team.
According to the Vancouver Aquarium, the whales are feeding in the area, which could be a major indicator of the health of the local water ecosystem.
Aquarium staff are reminding the public to refrain from swimming towards any whales as such actions are not only unsafe, for both the whale and swimmer, but could also disrupt the whale’s natural behaviours such as socializing and resting. A minimum distance of 100 metres should be kept at all times.
This weekend’s forecast of sunny weather will be optimal for possible whale watching from the shore. But please keep a safe distance away from the whales.
Gray Whale spotted feeding near English Bay around noon today
Posted by Marshall Mackinder on Friday, October 2, 2015
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English Bay grey whale 30 feet off the Stanley Park sea wall. A photo posted by Paul Czene (@pcz) on
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