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Here are Coast Reporter's seven most popular online stories in 2022

Can you guess what stories from the lower Sunshine Coast made the Coast Reporter's top seven?
Fin Whale Pender Harbour 1
On March 20, members of shishalh Nation and DFO's Marine Mammal Response Team attended the necropsy of a dead fin whale.

We faced down COVID (and consequent controversies), drought, ferry cancellations and elections this year. Through it all, we kept reporting, and you kept reading (thank you!) But, what did you find most interesting? What stories did you keep coming back to? We dug into our stats to find out. So, here are Coast Reporter’s seven top online stories of 2022: 

7. Sunshine Coast RCMP find human remains in suspicious vehicle fire: Police are still looking for information after Sechelt’s Shaun Hoole was found deceased in his burning vehicle at Ruby Lake on September 28. 

6. ‘Stowaway’ on Langdale ferry delays morning sailing: I was waiting for the early morning boat when we passengers watched police lead a man off the ferry in handcuffs. Police later told me the man had changed into a chef’s uniform and was passing himself off as staff. Weird.

5. Letters: I’m tired of being understanding with BC Ferries. I think this one is self-explanatory. “I am sick of people being reasonable and understanding, including the various inaction committees that provide a veneer of customer participation,” Chester Machniewski wrote. 

4. Rare whale found dead on B.C.’s coast under investigation: This sad story about a young fin whale found washed up in Pender Harbour in March captured people’s hearts and curiosity. 

3. Man rescued from cliff after taking own boat to avoid BC Ferries travel: Again, self-explanatory? Do yourself a favour and go back and read this one again: there’s a motorcycle, a signal fire and luckily, a rescue from Mariner’s Rest. 

2. Former BC Ferries vessel mysteriously moored in Howe Sound: This is a recent one from Sophie Woodrooffe (we’ll miss you, Sophie!) She called and emailed so many people, but still, we don’t know why the former Queen of Tswaasssen is moored in the sound (in an interesting connection to the previous story – it’s near Mariner’s Rest). 

1. Pat John, beloved as Beachcombers’ Jesse Jim, dies at 69: There was only one story that could be the top Coast Reporter story in 2022. When Beachcombers star Pat John died in July, social media erupted with fond memories of the local actor.

– Bronwyn Beairsto