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Tofino Wildlife — Grey whale

gray whales

Male & Female | 36,000 kg (Adult), 14 – 15 m

The Grey Whale, also known as Devilfish, is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly; the longest annual migration of any mammal! Named aptly for it’s dark grey colour, grey whales are also covered in a white and orange mottling which are barnacles and whale lice. Barnacles hitch a ride, feeding on plankton and food scraps while whale lice are a crustacean that eat algae and whale skin.

Tofino Wildlife — Grey whale

gray whales

Male & Female | 36,000 kg (Adult), 14 – 15 m

The Grey Whale, also known as Devilfish, is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly; the longest annual migration of any mammal! Named aptly for it’s dark grey colour, grey whales are also covered in a white and orange mottling which are barnacles and whale lice. Barnacles hitch a ride, feeding on plankton and food scraps while whale lice are a crustacean that eat algae and whale skin.

humpback whales

Male | 30,000 kg (Adult), 13 – 14 m
Female | 30,000 kg (Adult), 15 – 16 m

Humpbacks have a distinctive shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Found in oceans and seas around the world, Humpbacks typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth when they fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.

Tofino Wildlife — Humpback whale
Tofino Wildlife — Humpback whale

humpback whales

Male | 30,000 kg (Adult), 13 – 14 m
Female | 30,000 kg (Adult), 15 – 16 m

Humpbacks have a distinctive shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Found in oceans and seas around the world, Humpbacks typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth when they fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.

Tofino Wildlife — Orcas

orcas

Male | 3,600 – 5,400 kg (Adult), 6 – 8 m
Female | 1,400 – 2,700 kg (Adult), 5 – 7 m

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus Orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Orcas can be individually identified! They all have a white or grey marking behind their dorsal fin known as a saddle patch that is unique to each orca. They also have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins.

Tofino Wildlife — Orcas

orcas

Male | 3,600 – 5,400 kg (Adult), 6 – 8 m
Female | 1,400 – 2,700 kg (Adult), 5 – 7 m

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus Orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Orcas can be individually identified! They all have a white or grey marking behind their dorsal fin known as a saddle patch that is unique to each orca. They also have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins.

black bears

Male | 80–300 kg
Female | 40–140 kg

Ursus americanus vancouveri, or the Vancouver Island black bear, like to make their den in or under large trees, stumps or logs; they may also be 25 m above ground. Their populations are in abundance due to their access to spawning salmon and lush vegetation; there is approximately 7000 black bears on the island!

Tofino Wildlife — Black Bear
Tofino Wildlife — Black Bear

black bears

Male | 80–300 kg
Female | 40–140 kg

Ursus americanus vancouveri, or the Vancouver Island black bear, like to make their den in or under large trees, stumps or logs; they may also be 25 m above ground. Their populations are in abundance due to their access to spawning salmon and lush vegetation; there is approximately 7000 black bears on the island!

Tofino Wildlife — Bald Eagle

bald eagle

Male & Female | 3 – 6.3 kg (Adult), 1.8 – 2.3 m

Bald eagles are not actually bald. The name derives from an older meaning of the word, “white headed.” The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. Ranging from Alaska to the northern border of Mexico, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, the bald eagle is the only eagle found exclusively on the North American continent.

Tofino Wildlife — Bald Eagle

bald eagle

Male & Female | 3 – 6.3 kg (Adult), 1.8 – 2.3 m

Bald eagles are not actually bald. The name derives from an older meaning of the word, “white headed.” The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. Ranging from Alaska to the northern border of Mexico, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, the bald eagle is the only eagle found exclusively on the North American continent.

sea lion

Male | 350 kg (Adult), 2.4 m
Female | 100 kg (Adult), 1.8 m

Sea lions are not true earless seals. Unlike true seals, they have external ear flaps, proportionately larger foreflippers and pectoral muscles. In Clayoquot Sound, we are fortunate enough to have two types of sea lions to view: Stellar sea lions and California sea lions. Stellar sea lions are the largest of the eared sea lions and make a growling, grumbling noises; where as, California sea lions are smaller and have a dog-like bark.

Tofino Wildlife — Sea Lion
Tofino Wildlife — Sea Lion

sea lion

Male | 350 kg (Adult), 2.4 m
Female | 100 kg (Adult), 1.8 m

Sea lions are not true earless seals. Unlike true seals, they have external ear flaps, proportionately larger foreflippers and pectoral muscles. In Clayoquot Sound, we are fortunate enough to have two types of sea lions to view: Stellar sea lions and California sea lions. Stellar sea lions are the largest of the eared sea lions and make a growling, grumbling noises; where as, California sea lions are smaller and have a dog-like bark.

Tofino Wildlife — Sea Otter

sea otters

Male & Female | 1 – 45 kg (Adult), 0.6–1.8 m

Sea otters spend the majority of their life in the ocean and are rarely seen on land; the ocean provides everything they need from food, sheltered and an awesome playground! They can be seen often grouped together into a “raft” holding onto each others paws to stay together. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?

Tofino Wildlife — Sea Otter

sea otters

Male & Female | 1 – 45 kg (Adult), 0.6–1.8 m

Sea otters spend the majority of their life in the ocean and are rarely seen on land; the ocean provides everything they need from food, sheltered and an awesome playground! They can be seen often grouped together into a “raft” holding onto each others paws to stay together. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?

harbour seal

Male & Female | 135 kg (Adult), 1.9 m

Harbour seals, also known as the common seal, are true earless seals as they lack external ear flaps. They are extraordinary divers; capable of reaching depths of 300 metres and holding their breath for up to 25 minutes!

Tofino Wildlife — Seal
Tofino Wildlife — Seal

harbour seal

Male & Female | 135 kg (Adult), 1.9 m

Harbour seals, also known as the common seal, are true earless seals as they lack external ear flaps. They are extraordinary divers; capable of reaching depths of 300 metres and holding their breath for up to 25 minutes!

Tofino Wildlife — Harbour Porpoise

harbour porpoise

Male & Female | 60–70 kg (Adult), 1.4 – 1.9 m

The harbour porpoise is also nicknamed the puffing porpoise because when it breaks the surface, it is often heard making a sneezing sound. Harbour porpoises are found throughout the temperate coastal waters of the Northern Hemisphere and, as the name implies, they stay close to coastal areas or river estuaries.

Tofino Wildlife — Harbour Porpoise

harbour porpoise

Male & Female | 60–70 kg (Adult), 1.4 – 1.9 m

The harbour porpoise is also nicknamed the puffing porpoise because when it breaks the surface, it is often heard making a sneezing sound. Harbour porpoises are found throughout the temperate coastal waters of the Northern Hemisphere and, as the name implies, they stay close to coastal areas or river estuaries.

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