The sighting of whales in Vancouver is bringing joy when it's needed most
Whales have been spotted off the coast of Vancouver, and honestly, it's the good news that everyone needs right now.
Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Canadians are posting joyful videos of orca whales in the Burrard Inlet. And with more people staying indoors, the happy whales are stretching their flippers and exploring new territory.
North Vancouver councillor Jim Hanson said that this is the first time in 59 years he's seen orcas so far up Indian Arm.
He tweeted, "Apparently the natural world likes the economic slow down."
Apparently the natural world likes the economic slow down. Saw a pod of four Orca whales in Indian Arm yesterday. First time in my 59 years I have seen whales this far up the Arm. #northvan pic.twitter.com/WYoi6RrJcT— Jim Hanson (@jimhanson_NV) March 28, 2020
On Sunday, some brave whales even ventured into the Vancouver float plane terminal — an unusual sight, considering that the terminal is usually filled with loud seaplanes.
And a few eagle-eyed whale watchers have even spotted orcas in Coal Harbour, which is close to downtown Vancouver.
Wow. 2 killer whales 🐳 swimming in Vancouver Harbour, right in front of where we live in Coal Harbour.— Spencer Chen (@spencerchen) March 28, 2020
With Vancouver on lockdown, the harbour has become a much quieter & friendlier place for nature. pic.twitter.com/fMJBPSOQ91
According to CBC, social distancing is leading to less air pollution in cities across the world, which could be a reason for the whales' reappearance in Vancouver.
But whatever the reason, it's nice to have some good news to share this week — especially since the whales are so dang cute.
Canada will also be home to North America's first whale sanctuary, which will see a pod of beluga whales moving into Canadian waters sometime in 2021.
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