For the second time in 10 days, transient killer whales have been spotted in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
For marine biologist Anna Hall, the appearances are rare, exciting occurrences — but the “why” behind the sightings is a bit of a mystery.
“It’s tremendously uncommon,” Hall told All Points West host Jason D’Souza about the appearances, the most recent of which happened Sunday.
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Hall said transient orcas hunt marine mammals like harbour seals and porpoises, both of which can be found in Victoria’s Inner Harbour — but that doesn’t mean they’re coming for food.
“These are very complex creatures and there could be other things that have drawn them into the region … It could have been out of plain curiosity that’s driven them in there,” Hall said.
She said the harbour is much like the inlets and fjords favoured by the whales — except the harbour is full of people.
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With files from CBC Radio One’s All Points West
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