Humpback whale spotted breaching in Vancouver harbour near PNE (VIDEO)

May 13 2020, 5:59 pm

There has been an increase in reported sightings of whales within the waters in and around Vancouver, which normally see busier ship traffic.

The latest sighting occurred today deep in Vancouver harbour in Burrard Inlet, near Neptune Terminal and the Pacific National Exhibition.

Alexis Zornio told Daily Hive he sighted from afar what appears to be a humpback whale breaching the water and making quite the splash. It remained in the area for about 30 minutes.

Spotted a humpback whale today from my work! It was hanging around the neptune docks from r/vancouver

Such sightings of this species are much more common in the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and just off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Within Burrard Inlet, whale sightings are more common west of the Lions Gate Bridge.

Certain populations of humpback whales in the Pacific migrate to the coast of Mexico and Central America in the winter and return to the coastal area spanning from California to southern BC in the summer and fall.

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Humpback whale spotted in Vancouver harbour on May 13, 2020. (Alexis Zornio / submitted)

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Humpback whale spotted in Vancouver harbour on May 13, 2020. (Alexis Zornio / submitted)