Below, you’ll find a list of articles related to west coast wildlife. Click on the links to read more.
Bald Eagle- (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Large Hawk-like raptor with a dark brown body, a white head and white tail, large heavy yellow bill and feet. Bald eagles mate for life and use the same nest year after year. British Columbia is home to more than 20% of North American Bald Eagles. Read more…
This sub-specie of Black Bear is only found on Vancouver Island. They range in size from 2 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet in length. They weigh in at 90lbs to 600+lbs. Females 90 to 300lbs. Males 200 to 600lbs. Read more…
California Sea Lion
Not common in Clayoquot sound, Californian sea lions were rarely seen in large numbers until in 2006 a new haul out was established up Tofino Inlet at Berryman Point. Close to a thousand sea lions gather during fish runs with about 40% being made up of Californian sea lions. Read more…
The most commonly seen whale in Clayoquot Sound, gray whales are 12-14 meters in length and approximately 33 tonnes. You can get a good feel of the size of a grey whale by viewing the skeleton in our office! Gray whales have a mottled grey and white appearance due to large amounts of barnacles, lice and scar tissue from parasites that cover their body.
The coastal grey wolf is an interesting animal. A large predator and carnivore this wolf has, in recent years, shown a modification in behavior. Traditionally the coastal grey wolf would sometimes predate on animals that use tidal areas (the beach) for transit (ease of movement) or access to fresh water and food (clams crab fish and other marine life).
Hot Springs Cove
Created over 160 million years ago under extreme fire and pressure, the “igneous” and “metaphoric” rocks of Hot Springs Cove (originally know as Refuge Cove) reveal this as a place of dynamic geological activity. Read more…
Most well known for their complex vocalizations, humpbacks are also very acrobatic, often breaching, tail-lobbing, pectoral slapping and lunge-feeding to the delight of observers. Humpback whales are found in oceans worldwide, where they breed and calve in the warm tropical seas, then migrate to feed in the colder northern or southern oceans. Mid-sized baleen whales, humpbacks average 12-15 mete
The largest of the Dolphin family, Orcas are one of the most recognizable whales with their bold black and white markings and prominent dorsal fin. Males are larger than females, measuring 8-10m and weighing 3.5 to 5.5 tonnes. Here on the West coast we are privileged to see Transient Orcas as they range up and down the coast hunting and foraging. Unlike their close relative the Resident Orca,
89 sea otters from Alaska were transplanted back onto Northern Vancouver Island between 1969 and 1972. They arrived 90 miles north of Tofino and 25 years later, in 1997, there was the first confirmed sea otter sighting in Clayoquot Sound. From that first sighting, reports grew steadily and now we have a healthy year round resident sea otter population! Sea otters float together in large groups
Steller Sea Lion
The largest of the eared seals family, a full grown male Steller sea lion can weigh up to 2,500 pounds and be 11 feet long. Clayoquot Sound is home to over a 1000 Steller sea lions; the largest colony at Long Beach is home to most of this population. Read more…
The scenery views beaches and wildlife around Tofino is breath taking. When you combine this with one of nature’s most spectacular visual events the results are phenomenal. Sunsets in Clayoquot Sound are awe-inspiring. The best places to view these amazing displays of nature are The local Beaches, Cox Bay, (particularly sunset point past Pacific Sands) Chesterman Beach, Mackenzie and Tonquin Beaches also The First street government dock, Radar Hill and of course one of our evening whale watching trips or late Hot Springs Tour. Get out and enjoy.
Tufted Puffin Typically pelagic birds that spend most of their life at sea, Tufted puffins, come ashore to breed for a couple of months every summer. On the outer coast of Clayoquot Sound is a small low-lying island. Cleland Island is recognized as the first ecological reserve in Canada based solely on protecting nesting sea birds.