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Swimming bear delays ferry in B.C.

Last Updated May 20, 2019 at 6:36 am PDT

(Source: facebook.com/BC-Ferries)

A ferry leaving Nanaimo on Saturday was slightly delayed after a black bear was spotted swimming in its path

The Queen of Oak Bay departed from Nanaimo at 8:45 and docked at Horseshoe Bay at 10:42 a.m.

VANCOUVER —  On the balmy Saturday morning at the beginning of the long weekend, little did the passengers of a ferry in B.C. know that they would be delayed by a black bear taking a dip.

The bear went for a leisurely swim just outside of the berth at Horseshoe Bay, delaying the Queen of Oak Bay, which departed from Nanaimo, by about 10 minutes.

A spokesperson for BC Ferries says the ferry docked at Horseshoe Bay at 10:42 a.m. and the bear was seen a few minutes before.

Astrid Braunschmidt says the situation was irregular.

“It’s not unusual to see wildlife on the shores of the island, or from time to time we’ll see orcas from our ships. I can’t recall the last time that we spotted a black bear from the ferry,” she says.

While she’s not sure where the bear was going, she hopes it was just enjoying the beautiful weather.