Only days after one was spotted just off the waters of the Vancouver seawall, an elusive grey whale was sighted once again today.
While it’s unknown if it’s the same whale found off Siwash Rock last week, research biologist Chad Nordstrom at the Vancouver Aquarium says the close encounters with the public are actually normal.
“They are coastal feeders. The eat different than some of the other big whales around B.C. that filter feed through the water. Grey whales are bottom feeders and need to get in close next to shallow, coastal areas and do this regularly. It’s just not always near big populated areas like Vancouver.”
Nordstrom says from what they’ve gathered, one or even two grey whales have been getting an in-depth tour of Lower Mainland waters.
“She’s been spotted in Indian Arm, she’s been spotted off the Seawall, Coal Harbour, English Bay, up into Howe Sound. She’s been working her way up the various trap lines and soft sediment spots in and around the Lower Mainland.”
A single grey whale was first sighted last Tuesday, but on Friday, other witnesses reported seeing two in English Bay.
With its close encounters with the public, Nordstrom is cautioning the public to keep clear while the whales enjoy their Lower Mainland dinner party, and to read the Be Whale Wise guidelines.