Canada Visitors to Victoria’s inner harbour get rare orca whale show

14:26  08 june  2018
14:26  08 june  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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The list below begins at the Inner Harbour and radiates outward. Downtown Victoria is well contained and exploring on foot or by bike is usually the best way to get around. Killer whales are also(less colourfully) referred to as the orca whale (pictured here).

1. Victoria ’ s iconic Inner Harbour . With Parliament Buildings as the back drop, the harbour is alive with activity. Buskers and artisans display their talents. March – April for migrating gray whales May – November for resident orca whales . 5. Royal BC Museum.

a bird swimming in water next to a body of water: Whales swim side by side in Victoria's inner harbour or Thursday, June 7, 2018.© Provided by Jackie Cowan Whales swim side by side in Victoria's inner harbour or Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Victoria's inner harbour had a few extra visitors on Thursday afternoon.

For the first time in decades orca whales were spotted in the water near float planes, a ferry and water taxis zipping by.

WATCH: Viewer video of whales in Victoria Harbour

Heather Lefevbre is in town from Quesnel for a firefighters conference with her husband Jeff and saw the four whales from her water taxi.

"Just as we came into the harbour all these people were pointing, and we went to drop people off and all of a sudden there were four whales to our left," said Lefebvre. "They went in front of our boat and to the other side."

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Located next to Victoria ' s Inner Harbour , the Royal British Columbia Museum was established in 1886 Whale watching is a rare pleasure that cannot be enjoyed in that many places and going with a You can see orca whales , humpback whales , several kinds of seals, bold eagles soaring above

Visitors to Victoria . Victoria Outer Harbour - Seal Island/ Split Rock Beginner to Intermediate level - weather dependent - 3.5 hrs. We may have rare orca whale sightings in the Strait.

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The water taxi driver turned off the engine and the group on board watched the killer whales poke their heads out of the water. The driver told the passengers it was the first time orcas had been in the inner harbour since 1969. The Victoria Harbour Authority isn't so sure it dates that far back, but did day it has been decades since a sighting.

"I was amazed, I was just thinking wow they are right there. But we are in a little boat," said Lefebvre. "It was pretty exciting to be in the middle of it all."

When news spread of the orcas, people flocked to the water's edge. One of those lucky enough to get a glimpse was Bob Nitto visiting from Seneca, South Carolina.

"I think we saw three or four, one really large one and a few smaller ones," said Nitto. "I have never seen this before, them coming this far into the harbour."

Endangered killer whale presumed dead .
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. - Researchers say they believe another endangered orca has died off British Columbia's coast. The Center for Whale Research, based Friday Harbor, Wash., says a southern resident killer whale known as L92 is presumed dead. The loss of L92 brings the total number of southern resident killer whales down to 75, which is the lowest count since the early 1980s. The population has dropped by eight members since 2016, despite a baby boom at that time that gave some researchers optimism about their recovery.L92, also known as "Crewser" and estimated at 23 years old, has not been seen with his pod for two months.

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