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Killer whales swim into Burrard Inlet and catch SeaBus riders’ attention

Killer whales spotted in Burrard Inlet on June 28, 2018. Ocean Wise

A small group, or pod, of killer whales swam into Burrard Inlet on Thursday, giving onlookers a treat and prompting a warning to boaters from the Vancouver Aquarium.

The whales were spotted by the Ocean Wise cetacean research team.

Photos of the sea mammals showed them going right past Vancouver’s waterfront.

Killer whales in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet on June 28, 2018. Ocean Wise
Killer whales in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet on June 28, 2018. Ocean Wise
Killer whales in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet on June 28, 2018. Ocean Wise

The Vancouver Aquarium received reports of the whales going past Spanish Banks beach, but it wasn’t clear which path they were taking.

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“It sounds like they briefly came into Burrard Inlet and then headed out again,” said aquarium spokesperson Deana Lancaster.

Coverage of killer whales on Globalnews.ca:

The whales were certainly a hit for people who were travelling through Burrard Inlet on a SeaBus on Thursday.

And this is far from the first time that they’ve been spotted in Vancouver waters.

A mother and her toddler spotted a killer whale pod in Burrard Inlet out the window of their apartment in March.

WATCH: ‘There’s fricken’ orcas!’ Mom and toddler react to killer whale pod in Vancouver Harbour

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Mom and toddler excited by pod of orcas spotted in Burrard Inlet – Mar 26, 2018

Another spectacular whale encounter happened in March 2015.

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At that time, a pod of up to five killer whales was spotted going under the Lions Gate Bridge and into Burrard Inlet.

People stopped along the Stanley Park seawall to watch them.

  • With files from Simon Little and Yuliya Talmazan

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