LETTER: slow down for orcas!

Dear editor:

[On May 27] I was near Deep Cove on the Lowry Trail alongside Burrard Inlet when a family of four orcas appeared travelling west towards the Ironworkers in the centre of the inlet.

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A number of noisy speedboats followed, but at the proper distance; however, suddenly a single small but fast and noisy boat appeared, heading in the opposite direction to the whales but on the same line at the centre of the inlet. Clearly if this boat had hit the whales at the speed it was going there would have been a significant collision for both the whales and the boat. The pilot of the boat did not appear to have seen the whales because he did not slow, and I think the whales must have dived because I saw them later.

With the return of the whales to this area, is it not time to consider a speed limit on the water east of the Second Narrows?

Christopher Kay
North Vancouver

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