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Orca whales spotted in North Vancouver waters (VIDEOS)

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 23, 2019 3:49 pm 105

It was another mesmerizing sight for the people in and around North Vancouver’s local waters.

Another pod of orcas were seen swimming close to shore, this time around Cates Park and Deep Cove.

Several species of whales are occasionally spotted in Burrard Inlet and even False Creek, most often to feed.

A pair of videos were captured by Takaya Tours, a First Nations adventure company that operates out of Cates Park.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department’s Marine Unit was also able to grab a handful of photos.

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The photos also come with a reminder, however, for all water users to maintain a safe distance away from the mammals.

Vessels are reminded to stay at least 200 meters away from the whales and when possible, travel in a parallel direction to them.

Speeds should be slowed down to 7 knots (15 km/h) and orcas should never be approached from the front or behind.

It’s important to avoid abrupt course changes, not to park in their path, and to stay at least 100 metres away at all times.

The public is also encouraged to report their sighting of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles to the BC Cetacean Sighting Network.

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