It use to be a rare sighting… but it’s seeming more and more common.
A grey whale was spotted frolicking off the Vancouver seawall this afternoon.
It was 40-50 feet long, splashing around in the waters off Siwash Rock, and drawing up to one-hundred eager onlookers dazzled by the majestic creature exploring the shallow water near the seawall.
Constable Janet Stringer with the VPD Marine Unit was among them.
“It almost looked like it was playing around.”
She says there’s been an increase in sightings off of Vancouver’s shores.
“It’s rare for us to see grey whales, it’s more common for us to see killer whales around here, but in the last six months I’ve heard of multiple grey whale sightings, and people in my unit have seen it probably four times.”
“We believe that it was feeding on plankton. They are filter feeders, so they don’t eat fish, you don’t see them throwing fish around, or seals or anything like that the way a killer whale would. But they feed on plankton, which is in the water there” she adds.
Stringer says it’s the third grey whale sighting in Vancouver waters this month alone.