A barge carrying heavy machinery, including a loaded diesel truck, has overturned in an ecologically sensitive area frequented by killer whales. A large oil slick can be seen in the water.
The incident occurred off the East Coast of Vancouver Island at the Johnstone Strait, which is part of the Robson Bight/Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve.
Two groups of killer whales were nearby at the time of the spill, according to a release by the Vancouver Aquarium. The area also provides habitat for harbour seals, sea lions, porpoises, humpback whales, various invertebrates and several species of seabirds.