It was a whale of a tale.
Environmental consultant Christopher M. Stephens got quite a surprise on April 23, when he encountered a grey whale off the Nanoose Peninsula near Schooner Cove.
Stephens said the whale was just a few metres from the steep, rocky shoreline, swimming and blowing in a small cove.
“The whale was visible swimming just below the surface in the small cove before circling, blowing and diving several times,” he said.
Local environmental consultant Christopher Stephens shares this video of his encounter with a grey whale in a small cove off the Nanoose peninsula, near Schooner Cove pic.twitter.com/k303sXMG75
— Parksville-Qualicum Beach News (@ParksvilleNews) April 25, 2020
Stephens said grey whales can grow up to 15 metres in length and are limited globally to the Pacific Ocean.
The whale was visible swimming just below the surface in the small cove before circling, blowing and diving several times.
“A total surprise,” said Stephens.
— NEWS Staff