Gray whale spotted near Stanley Park (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Dec 19 2017, 4:48 pm

A new visitor was spotted in Vancouver’s locals waters this morning.

From a Global News helicopter, local reporter Simon Little saw what appears to be a humpback whale just off the shore from Second Beach in Stanley Park. The whale was spotted by the helicopter at approximately 6:30 a.m.

  • UPDATE: The whale has been confirmed as a Gray Whale by Vancouver Aquarium.

The sighting was also confirmed by a passerby on the Stanley Park seawall.

The whale could make further incursions into local waters later in the day. If you’re able to spot the whale, email your photos to tips[at] or post the photos on social media with hashtag #VancityBuzz and we will share it with our readers.

This is the third whale sighting in the city’s waters this year. A pod or orca whales were spotted in Burrard Inlet in March and again in June.

Humpback and gray whales have been spotted in Vancouver before. In May 2010, a gray whale swam all the way to the eastern end of False Creek, where Science World is located, before returning to open waters.