Recent ‘Whale & Wildlife News’ Posts

Baby Boom in Tofino!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing an exciting baby boom – an orca baby boom! Five baby killer whales have been born between last December and June of this year – terrific news for whale watchers.

Baby orca births:

  1. December – orca mama J-16 “Slick” (42 year old) gave birth to baby girl J-50
  2. February – orca mama J-19 “Schachi” (36 years old) gave birth to a baby boy J-51
  3. February – orca mama L-94 “Calypso” (20 years old) gave birth to baby L-121
  4. March – orca mama J-36 “Alki” (daughter of J-16) gave birth to baby J-52
  5. June – transient orca baby T-121-A1 is born

Canis Lupus Crassodon (The Coastal Grey Wolf)

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Coastal Grey WolfThe Information provided below was assembled by Diana Lukinuk at the request of West Coast Aquatic Safaris and various other members of the community.  Diana Was recently featured in the Tourism Tofino Blog, Tofino Today. “Diana earned her Bachelor of Science in animal biology at the University of Alberta, then headed west to British Columbia to put her education into practice.  The journey to Tofino can be be windy and adventurous, as Diana spent two years working toward wolf conservation at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre in B.C.’s ski-friendly East Kootenay region.  With the recent re-emergence of the endangered coastal grey wolf (Canis lupus crassodon) in Tofino, Diana is a strong advocate for seeking better understanding of this intelligent animal and is especially thrilled to spot a wolf on a marine excursion”.

Another Great Season

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

BSC_0272 - Version 2It has been another spectacular season for whales, bears and as always Hot Springs Cove.  2013 provided us with ideal conditions for so much of the season and as usual there were also many days that highlight just how well thought out these vessels are and why West Coast Aquatic Safaris boats are the most suitable vessels for everyone.

We had the pleasure of and increased number of days when Orca viewing was possible including numerous days when the Southern Resident pods where in the area.  We had many days with sightings of Minke Whales which is always a treat and a healthy dose of Grey and Humpbacks as well.

Right At The Junction

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Instinct. You know something feels different when you see the sign ‘Pacific Rim National Park’. As you turn right at the junction and Long Beach slowly comes into view from that one elevated spot on Highway 4, you just know, this place is like no where else in the world.

Tofino Wildlife Vol. 14 Ocean Sunfish

Sunday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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.

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