(Image / Mark Dayton)

Marine traffic in Victoria’s inner harbour was temporarily halted today after a killer whale was spotted swimming through the city’s waters.

The rare encounter was captured around 10:00 a.m. Friday morning Tim Bieber, who uploaded a video to Facebook.

According to Bieber, ships and float planes were told to slow down and wait for the orca to pass, a serious request that was accompanied by flashing lights on a police vessel in the harbour.

The orca “shut [down] the entire airspace of float planes and held ferries while he hunted!” said Bieber in his video caption.

“Epic timing and experience!”

While spotting orcas near downtown Victoria truly is rare, a similar encounter occurred in the summer of 2018, when a small pod of orcas accompanied low tide into the harbour.

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Check out photos and the video of today’s encounter below:

(Image / Mark Dayton)
(Image / Leslie Sheldon)

Orca came into Victoria inner harbour. This is the second time in history!!! Shut the entire airspace of float planes…

Posted by Tim Bieber on Friday, August 9, 2019