Tofino Wildlife Vol. 5 The Orca

May 9th, 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 Orca Whale.

The Orca whale, also known as the “Killer whale” is often thought of as the lion that controls the sea. Traveling in pods of 3 to 25, each pod has a distinctive noise that all members of the pod can recognize from a distance. Male Orcas tend to be much larger then the females, females thought to live for about 50 years and males for about 30 years.  Females have smaller, curved dorsal fins. Male dorsal fins can grow 1.8m (6ft) tall! Another was to identify the Orca is by the saddle patch. The saddle patch is located behind the dorsal fin. These saddle patches are unique to each individual whale.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 4, The Humpback

May 8th, 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 Humpback Whale

Like our friendly Gray Whale, Humpbacks also makes quite the journey in the south for the winter season. The Humpback whale travels 8000km during there migration to sunny Hawaii or Mexico for a nice tropical winter vacation. There are over 80 000 of these amazing creatures worldwide, found from polar to tropic waters. Humpbacks grow to be an average of 45ft in length, weighing a whopping 30 tons, females also tend to be larger then males. The Humpback received it’s name from the motion they make when arching there back in preparation to dive. They have 12-36 pleats on the throat and there flippers have unique markings that can help ID each individual whale.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 3

May 5th, 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 some of the history of Tofino

History of  the Area

The  area has been inhabited at least 5000, possibly 10,000 years based on evidence found in middens – (ancient trash heaps)

Nuu-chah-nulth: The name means “all along the mountains” and the population once was 20,000 just in Clayoquot Sound alone. Currently all Nuu-chah-nulth together  total only 5,000. The Nuu-chah-nulth people range from Port Renfrew, to near North Vancouver Island, to height of mid-Vancouver Island. In Clayoquot Sound:  Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, Hesquiaht and in Barkley Sound:  Ucluelet, Toquaht, Tseshaht, and others

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 2

May 4th, 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. As a continuation to yesterdays post on Black Bears we offer…

What to do if you see a bear

If an attack occurs with a black bear, do NOT play dead.  They are scavengers, and will eat dead animals.  Fight back, using whatever you can find as a weapon (rocks, sticks, yourself). Individuals are encouraged to make themselves appear larger by raising their arms and standing together in a group if traveling with others. While you should never turn and run as you may appear like prey, it is advisable to back away slowly.

Tofino Wildlife

May 3rd, 2012

Over the comming 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. We begin with the Black Bear

Black Bear Facts

Currently only black bears on Vancouver Island. There have been  a few grizzlies have swam over from the mainland, however research has suggested that they are not a reproducing population.

Black Beaars vs. Grizzly Bears

Whale Watch & Surf Lesson

April 26th, 2012

For those looking to combine two of the most exciting activities that Tofino has to offer we have the Whale Watch and Surf Lesson package. Our regular Whale Watch tour on the first day followed by a group surf lesson with one of the Best Surf Schools.  The lesson is a three hour quality surf instruction with no more than five students to one instructor.

Use the Book Now button and choose Whale Watching on the right side of the page or Contact Us for more information – call (250) 725-9227

The lesson starts on the beach where you learn all about:

Accessible Pacific Rim

April 13th, 2012

West Coast Aquatic Safaris has had the most accessible whale watching vessel in Tofino since NANUQ was constructed just over 2 years ago. Some times good things just keep getting better and it is certainly the case today. We are very excited to announce that our custom fabricated ramp is now operational for all those boarding and disembarking our 36 passenger catamaran.

Speed, comfort and ease of access make this vessel the optimal wildlife vessel for your Pacific Rim experience. The ultimate family vessel just became even better for the entire family of all ages and abilities. Schedule times may vary for this vessel between the seasons so we always encourage those requiring the use of mobility assistance equipment to contact our office for the most up to date schedules and conditions.

Long Weekend Planning

April 4th, 2012

Humpback whale breaching in Tofino.The season is rolling along and there have been loads of fantastic whale and wildlife sightings already. The whales that we see the most of at this time of year are the Grey whales however we have had numerous days of Transient Orcas and even the bonus of some really early Humpback whales, as seen in this photo.

With the long weekend rapidly approaching it becomes very important that you make your plans in advance. Booking your activities on such weekends can be as important as booking your hotel.

Preparing for a Wildlife Trip & What to Bring Aboard

April 2nd, 2012

We often have people ask questions about what to bring on our trips. While there is, of course, no right or wrong answer here are a few guidelines on what will be good to have when coming out on a trip with West Coast Aquatic Safaris.

What to wear…

And The Winner Is…

March 31st, 2012

Well it has been one week since the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. Once again West Coast Aquatic Safaris would like to thank all of the people that stopped by to visit us at the show as well as taking the time to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. A Package like this is not possible without the very generous support of Tofino’s finest operators, restaurants and businesses.

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