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You never know when Mother Nature is going to bless you with an iconic sight! Recently, two rare BC whale sightings were caught on camera. The footage is absolutely surreal and we are so thankful they were caught on tape.
One of the largest animals on Earth was recently spotted off the coast in BC! The research team that found the massive blue whale was lucky enough to capture a picture of the mammal.
This rare sighting happened as the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) research team was conducting a cetacean marine survey off Haida Gwaii on July 7, 2019.
The researchers snapped a photo of the blue whale and posted it to Twitter. According to the Government of Canada website, blue whales are huge and loud! In fact, they emit sounds up to 186 decibels which is louder than a jet aircraft.
Blue whales are typically found along the Northern Hemisphere of Canada. During the spring and fall, they migrate past Vancouver Island.
These large creatures, measuring up to 29.5 meters, are at a huge risk of endangerment due to a number of factors including increased whale-watching activity and collisions with ships, entanglement in fishing gear, and pollution.
The second incredibly rare sighting of a large marine mammal was also in BC. According to a public Instagram account by Radar’s Pro Fishing, a huge whale was caught on video jumping through the air!
In the video, you can see an orca whale fin in the background. All of a sudden, an orca leaps through the air – completely taking its body out of the water.
This once in a lifetime video was taken at Dent Island Lodge in BC on July 9, 2019.
BC has been incredibly lucky with rare whale sightings. Just two months ago, a rare pod of killer whales was spotted right in Vancouver!
Also this year, a number of lucky individuals spotted an endangered baby orca swimming with its mom in Tofino! If you find yourself in BC, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for whale sightings!