For the first time in more than 60 years, a North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) was seen off the coast of British Columbia. Luckily for us, researcher John Ford and other researchers from the department of fisheries and oceans were there to film it.
There are less than 50 of these whales left in the eastern Pacific Ocean and no more than a few hundred left in the whole world. Ford and the research team hope that this sighting is a sign that the population will survive.
Check out this great post from The Province (link no longer active) to hear more about their encounter with this incredibly rare creature.
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