Hundreds watch as killer whale puts on jumping show in Comox harbour

DFO Pacific: “Kayakers and paddle boarders! If you’re in the #Comox Marina and see a transient #KillerWhale, respect the minimum 200 m distance rule and don’t chase or surround the orca. Our #FisheryOfficers are patrolling.”

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

VICTORIA, B.C. — A lone killer whale that moved into a Comox harbour more than a week ago is entertaining crowds on the local waterfront with a non-stop swimming and leaping spectacle.

Comox Valley Harbour Authority spokesman Robert Clarke says there are hundreds of people on the community promenade today watching the orca breach and swim around the harbour.

He says there have also been reports of the whale swimming up the Comox River which flows through the Vancouver Island community and the same animal has been seen at Union Bay, about 20 kilometres south.

The harbour is busy with commercial, sport and recreational vessels and Clarke says officials with Department of Fisheries and Oceans are there to ensure boats stay the regulated 200 metres away from the whale.

Whale researcher Josh McInnes says the full grown killer whale is what’s known as a transient, a mammal-eating orca.

McInnes says the male has been identified as T73B and is a known loner from Alaska with a reputation for scouting out his own hunting grounds.

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