Whale Watching in Vancouver: Group of orcas spotted in Stanley Park

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“Orcas put on a show in English Bay! Watch a video of the whales splashing around.

You didn’t need to go on a Vancouver whale-watching tour to soak up a rare sight this week.

Locals were thrilled to see a pod of killer whales swimming in Burrard Inlet on Tuesday (August 16).

Vancouverites flocked to the seawall to watch black and white cetaceans splashing in the local waters. They gracefully lifted their tales from the ocean and fogged the air with water from their vents.

Martyn Schmoll shared an image of a crowded SeaBus with almost all of its passengers facing the window to see the whales outside. He wrote: “A beautiful moment of human solidarity as SeaBus passengers are treated to a front row view of two killer whales in Burrard Inlet.”

Orcas, commonly known as “killer whales”, are actually the largest species of dolphins. Sea giants are often confused with whales due to the popular nickname and their size.

Killer whales are part of the mammalian family Delphinidae, which includes well-known oceanic dolphins such as bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins, as well as some lesser-known species like the rare lesser Hector’s dolphins.

Southern resident orcas feast primarily on chinook salmon, while transient orcas eat just about everything else, from sharks to seals to whales and more.

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