Killer whale carving knocked over

  • Jul. 18, 2003 12:00 p.m.

Vandals knocked over the large killer whale carving outside the Sears building in Queen Charlotte early Thursday morning, leaving the carving with a dent in its fin.
Lisa Bellis of Sears said she believes the carving was knocked down between 1 am and 1:30 am, after talking to a friend who drives a taxi.
The one-ton whale carving was returned to its spot the next day thanks to Billy and Lloyd at Charlotte Island Tire, who kindly donated a tow truck and their time, Ms Bellis said.
This isn’t the first time the statue – carved by Dick Bellis – has been knocked over. Ms Bellis said this is the fourth time it’s happened.
“It’s just sad that people are so disrespectful,” she said. “My dad put a lot of time into carving that thing. Maybe if (the vandals) spent that much time working on something, they would have more respect.”
Ms Bellis said her father was upset and sad about the incident. She is now thinking about possibly moving the carving away from its location on Queen Charlotte’s main street in order to keep it safe.