A whale has washed up at the Wya Point Resort’s campground near Ucluelet.
The resort is owned and operated by the Ucluelet First Nation.
It is believed to be a gray whale and its arrival coincides with the species’ annual migration from Mexico to the Arctic. Over 10,000 gray whales swim past the West Coast during their roughly 16,000 kilometre round-trip migration each year.
The last time a whale was found washed up on a West Coast beach was roughly one-year ago when a 1-year-old, 10-metre, female landed on Wickaninnish Beach within the Pacific Rim National Park in April 2015. In that instance, a necropsy was done at the beach.