An unusual passenger caught an early morning ferry ride to Vancouver Island Friday morning, heading for a beach on the southwest coast Vancouver Island.

The passenger was Cow, a 182-kilogram northern elephant seal, who picked up her nickname while recovering at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver.

Cow was heading to the seashore west of Victoria to be released into the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, after spending the past six weeks in Vancouver being nursed back to health by marine mammal specialists.

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