On Monday, August 9th a zodiac collided with a humpback whale right off of Vancouver Island near Race Rocks.
Two of the passengers on the vessel had to be taken to hospital, with one of the two still hospital bound on Tuesday evening.
According to The Vancouver Sun, Ben Duthie, the operations manager of Prince of Whales tours, said that the expedition was following another group of whales toward the East. The whale that struck the boat seemed to come out of nowhere, which startled everyone on board.
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Moreover, the vessel was not merely meandering about. It was traveling at a considerable pace, and therefore the collision was rather intense. With that in mind, The Vancouver Sun reported that the whale was reported as unharmed, with no trace of oil or blood in the water.
Humpback Whale Conservation
The zodiac was part of a whale watching expedition by a company called called Prince of Whales. The company stated that they have not had an accident in over 22 years of business, and therefore the occurrence was very rare.
Humpback whales were hunted to the brink of extinction by whalers in the early 1900s. They have made an astonishing comeback. The population has increased from under 2,000 in the Pacific Northwest to over 21,000.
While their numbers have increased a large amount, the safety of whales is still considered a top priority in British Columbia. For the most part, the is little interference with the marine giants; however, an investigation into the incident is now in effect.
Have a look at a recent run in some swimmers had in Whytecliff park had with an Orca whale.
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