Tofino Wildlife Vol. 14 Ocean Sunfish

July 29th, 2012

Taken by Jeff Tom on WASCO

Typically we spot whales, Stellar sea lions, Sea otters, and sometimes even a Harbour porpoise or two on our whale watching tours. But lately we have had an unexpected guest showing up to surprise our guests aboard our tours. The Ocean Sunfish, also known as the Mola mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. As an adult it can weigh up to 2200lbs! Typically the Sunfish is found in tropical and temperate waters around the world. Sunfish live on a diet that consists of mainly jellyfish, in order to maintain their great bulk the Sunfish must consume large amounts of jellyfish because this diet is nutritionally poor.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 13 Giant Pacific Octopus

May 30th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at Giant Pacific Octopus.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 12 Clayoquot Island

May 25th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at Clayoquot Island

Didn’t have a chance to make it over to Clayoquot Island this past Victoria Day weekend? Wondering what all the commotion was about? Let us help you! Clayoquot Island is approximately 250 acres of rainforest, sand dunes, beaches, and gardens. It was the first white settlement in the area and was founded around 1860. Opening on of the first trading posts, Clayoquot Island was a thriving community with a log jail house, a gold assay office, a school, many houses, and the first hotel and beer parlour on the west coast. In 1890’s ships bound for the Bering Sea were outfitted on this island.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 11 Dungeness Crab and Spot Prawn

May 23rd, 2012

This month in Tofino is the 2nd annual FEAST BC. Our very own fourth street dock was bustling with visitors from all over the world this past weekend, tasting salmon appetizers and participating in many great activities! This event will continue for another 2 weeks, featuring the Dungeness crab and Spot Prawns! Here is our Feast inspired blog!

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 10 Tuffed Puffin

May 22nd, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at the Tuffed Puffin.

Tufted Puffins are found throughout the Northern Pacific Ocean. They get their name from yellow tufts that appear on both sexes before breeding season, which they lose during feeding season when they molt. Puffins weigh under 2 lbs. Their wings are adapted for diving, and swimming underwater to capture prey, feeding primarily on fish, squid, or other inverts.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 9 Sea Otter

May 19th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at the Sea Otter.

Floating amongst the kelp are our furry friend the Sea otter. Not are to miss these guys, they aren’t tiny critters you may have thought they would be. Sea otters can grow up to 5 ft tall and weigh up to 100lbs! Ranging from southern California to the Aleutian Islands, sea otters rarely come out of water as it has quite a bit of trouble traveling on land because of it’s webbed feet. Once under water, sea otters can swim up to 9 km/ hr. Relying on a thick coat and a high metabolism, sea otters have 100 000 hairs per square centimetre.

Guest Blogger Dave Ingram of IslandNature.ca Shares His Experience

May 18th, 2012

Today’s Blog is from a special Guest Dave Ingram who travelled with us during this years Pacific Rim Whale Festival.  Dave has his own blog and website that is very informative and always well worth the read.  Not only was Dave a guest of ours during the festival he also hosted his own event called Capture The Coast, A Photo Walk By Dave Ingram.

You’ve checked out the artisan shops in Tofino and walked the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. If you really want to gain a whole new perspective on the wildness of the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, you might want to search out a whale watching tour company in either Ucluelet or Tofino.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 8 The Dolphin

May 16th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at the Dolphin.

Only found in the northern Pacific Ocean, the Pacific White-sided Dolphin measures up to 8ft in length weighing up to 400lbs. These social creatures are usually seen in groups of 10-50 and will often communicate with other marine mammals. Pacific White-sided Dolphins feed in groups to better herd the fish. They also eat squid, hake, and anchovies.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 7 Harbour Porpoise

May 13th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at the Harbour Porpoise.

Also known as the Common Porpoise or Puffing porpoise they reside in the Cold-temperate and Sub Arctic waters of the Northern Hemisphere.  At birth the Harbour Porpoise is between 26-35 inches (66-89cm) in length.  The average size is 5 feet however they can get up to 6.5 feet. When they are born the Harbour Porpoise weigh approximately 11 pounds (5kg), average of 130 pounds (59kg) as adults but can way as much as 150 pounds (68kg)

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 6 Bull Kelp & Seafoam

May 12th, 2012

Over the coming weeks West Coast Aquatic Safaris will present a compilation of information on the wildlife of the Pacific Rim as well as some of the flora and fauna. Today we will begin a look at Bull Kelp and Sea Foam.

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