A mosaic has mysteriously appeared at an Oak Bay beach with a sombre message: Whales R Wailing.
The mosaic appears to depict orca J35 carrying her dead calf; however, the artist has yet to be identified to confirm that.
J35, one of only 74 remaining southern resident orcas, gave birth to a calf on July 24 just off Victoria’s Clover Point. The calf died shortly after birth and J35 garnered international attention for what scientists have called a mourning ritual, involving carrying her dead calf over 1,500 kilometres over a period of nearly three weeks.
Oak Bay residents have noticed the new addition to the walkway along McNeil Bay, but it remains a mystery when and who created the work.
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