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Humpback whale sighted at mouth of Vancouver’s inner harbour

A humpback whale sighted splashing near the Lions Gate Bridge on Friday. .
A humpback whale sighted splashing near the Lions Gate Bridge on Friday. . Port of Vancouver

A humpback whale made a rare appearance at the mouth of Vancouver’s inner harbour on Friday.

The Port of Vancouver posted a photo of the whale’s tail splashing into the water just east of the Lions Gate Bridge, with West Vancouver visible in the background Friday afternoon.

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“This morning, a humpback whale was spotted by our harbour patrol crew,” wrote the port.

The port advised anyone who spots a whale to report it using the WhaleReport app.

Quieter oceans a boon to whale researchers and orcas
Quieter oceans a boon to whale researchers and orcas

It’s the second time this month a humpback has been reported in Vancouver’s harbour.

A Reddit user posted video of a sighting last week, near New Brighton Park.

Biologists have suggested that marine life, and whales in particular, may be getting a reprieve during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to a major decrease in noise from marine traffic.