Re­searchers make rare sight­ing of a sperm whale

Waterloo Region Record - - Canada - News ser­vices

Re­searchers study­ing whales off Bri­tish Columbia’s coast had an un­usual en­counter this week with a sperm whale. Jared Tow­ers mon­i­tors the sound of cetaceans and ma­rine mam­mals us­ing a net­work of hy­drophones in the Johnstone Strait off north­east­ern Van­cou­ver Is­land for Fish­eries and Oceans Canada. His team heard an un­usual echolo­ca­tion on Feb. 11 that they de­ter­mined didn’t be­long to or­cas, but was com­ing from the sperm whale. When weather con­di­tions im­proved the next day, they spot­ted the whale. He says the last time a sperm whale was doc­u­mented in B.C. was in 1984.

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