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'There she blows'

A rare sighting of a sperm whale in the west part of Johnstone Strait has found its way onto social media. A post on Jared Towers Facebook page shows a sperm whale in the Johnstone Strait about a week ago, near Alert Bay.

This is believed to be the first confirmed sighting of the elusive animal in B.C. coastal waters.

"I've been looking at whales here on a regular basis since I was a kid, and I've not known of any reports of a sperm whale in this area, nor has anyone ever visually confirmed one here," Towers said.

The last time a sperm whale was even detected in the region was in 1984, when researchers picked up acoustic recordings.

But Towers and colleagues hit the jackpot in the west part of Johnstone Strait Tuesday.

They found the whale they had been tracking for nearly a week and discovered it was an adolescent male about 14 metres long.

"Seeing is believing," he said. "It was pretty radical…We got lucky and when that species comes up to the surface, they can't really move around a lot or dive again right away."

Towers later posted pictures and a video of the encounter to Facebook, where they've been shared more than 800 times.

 

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island

 



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