Whales are swimming freely in Vancouver during the city’s lockdown

VANCOUVER — If there is one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the effect that it’s having on Mother Nature.

We’ve all heard about Venice’s waters, which in the absence of motorized boats and gondolas has returned to its sparkling blue colour, and China’s air pollution levels plummeting to record lows following the temporary shutdown of factories. Deer were also spotted roaming around Italy, and mountain goats recently took over a small seaside town in Wales.

Now we can add incredible whale sightings off the coast of Vancouver as yet another unexpected side effect of the ongoing pandemic and lockdown measures.

With most Vancouverites staying indoors, the whales have been seen happily swimming about, which North Vancouver councillor Jim Hanson says is the first time in 59 years that he’s spotted them so far up Indian Arm.

The massive creatures were also seen exploring Vancouver’s float plane terminal, which on a normal day would be filled with loud seaplanes.

And even in downtown Vancouver, where the kind of wildlife one usually sees are seagulls and other birds, a few eagle-eyed residents managed to catch some killer whales on camera, swimming in the middle of Vancouver Harbour.

It’s awesome to see these whales getting the chance to stretch their fins and reclaim their waters once more. Let’s try to enjoy it while it lasts!

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