1st grey whale in 100 years spotted in Howe Sound
A grey whale spotted feeding in Howe Sound north of Vancouver in recent days is a sign that efforts to restore the area's natural ecosystem are working, according to the chief of the Squamish First Nation.
Conservationists first noticed the whale feeding at the mouth of the Squamish River last week and photographed it over the weekend.
Chief Bill Williams, who heads up the nine communities that make up the Squamish First Nation, which stretches from North Vancouver to the northern part of Howe Sound, says history has not been kind to the grey whale, which was once common on the coast of B.C.
The recent sighting is thought to be the first time in more than a 100 years a grey whale has been spotted in the area.
"Grey whales used to inhabit the Howe Sound area up until 1880," Williams said. "But then between 1880 and 1900, they were hunted mercilessly by the Hudson's Bay Company, and they were all killed off in that 20-year stretch. So, they basically never came back. But now, they're starting to come back.