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Wildlife Of Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Pristine Vancouver Island is a premier destination for wildlife viewing and whale watching in British Columbia, Canada.
Wildlife Of Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Text by Jocie Ingram, Pictures by Rolf Hicker

A hot spot for biodiversity, Vancouver Island has many ocean and land mammals, birds, plants, fish, insects, and amphibians. This wildlife is supported by a wealth of ecosystems, from the rugged mountains that form the backbone of the Island, to the Pacific Ocean.

Marine Mammals

The waters surrounding Vancouver Island are a prime feeding ground for whales and dolphins, some of which migrate to tropical waters to bre ...
Mountain Lion Cougar Behaviour

Exhibiting similar behaviour as a domestic cat, a mountain lion will lay in wait and pounce on its prey.
They are known by many names such as puma, and panther, but the most common names are cougar and mountain lion. Although more closely related to the smaller felines and exhibiting similar behav ...
Orca Whales Spyhopping Johnstone Strait BC

Two cute northern resident orca whales poke their heads out of the water in Johnstone Strait, BC - a typical trait called spyhopping.
There eyesight is said to be as good above the water as it is under water. Orca Whales will sometimes engage in a spate of spyhopping activities for play or just to check out the surroundings. ...
Grizzly Bears Of Knight Inlet British Columbia

A tour to Knight Inlets is the ultimate experience in watching grizzly bears on the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
A few of the best ways to experience the grizzly bears of Knight Inlet is by booking a multi night stay at the fly-in lodge in Glendale Cove, and embarking on tours from there by boat or to a view ...
Information Cougar Mountain Lion Felis Concolor

A beautiful, graceful cat found mostly in western north America, the Cougar (aka mountain lion and puma) is a solitary animal few people will ever see.
Two outstanding attributes of the cougar is their remarkable agility and ability to ran extremely fast. As territorial animals, a cougars domain can be anything from 25 sq miles (65 sq km) to 1 ...
Picture Of A Mystic Orca Whale

A mystic animal, an orca whale lives in a matriarchal family group which exhibits their own unique dialect and social behaviors.
A magnificent and mystic animal, the Orca whale, which is also known as a killer whale is a frequent visitor to the waters off the coast of Vancouver Island. Orca Whale (aka Killer Whale) off N ...
Sunset Dolphins Johnstone Strait BC

A group of pacific white sided dolphins play in Johnstone Strait at sunset just off the coast of Vancouver Island.
They are extremely playful animals but sometimes pacific white sided dolphins can pester larger whales with their playful antics. As a humpback whale was feeding at sunset, a large group of dolphi ...
Orca Whale Breach Vancouver Island

The power and beauty of an orca whale is seen as it breaks the water in a breach off Vancouver Island.
The Northern Resident Orca whales, spend most of the summer off the coast of Northern Vancouver Island. Among some of the usual social behaviour exhibited by these whales is breaching, spyhopping, ...
Dolphin And Whale Watching Tour

One of the attractions for tourists to Northern Vancouver Island is the plentiful wildlife and many tours are offered including for dolphin and whale watching.
During a visit British Columbia, be sure to include a trip to Vancouver Island where you can embark on a dolphin and whale watching tour from either Victoria, Campbell River, Telegraph Cove, or Po ...
Pacific White Sided Dolphin

A playful pacific white sided dolphin cruises through the flat waters next to the boat off Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Often nicknamed Lags because of the cumbersome scientific name, Pacific White Sided Dolphins are the most common dolphin seen along the coastline of British Columbia, Canada. Pacific White Side ...
Ursus Americanus Black Bear Picture

Standing out against the lush green of fresh shrubs, an adult black bear, Ursus americanus, grazes on fresh spring grass.
Known as the American Black Bear or simply black bear, Ursus americanus is the scientific name for this species of bear no matter what the common name is. They are the most common bear species ...
Northern Resident Killer Whales Vancouver Island

A social species of dolphin, the northern resident killer whales often interact with boats in some way during a whale watching tour off Vancouver Island.
There are two main groups of orcas seen in the waters off Vancouver Island, namely the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales. Another species are the transient killer whales who are not ...
Northern Vancouver Island Killer Whale Watching

The graceful Killer Whale, also known as Orca, is the largest member of the Dolphin family.
The graceful Killer Whale is also known as Orca is the largest member of the Dolphin family. On the Northern end of the Vancouver Island is found the Northern Resident Killer Whales who spend the ...
Killer Whale Watching In British Columbia Canada

One of the best places in Canada for killer whale watching is on Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Since the first tour company began taking tourists out to see the Killer Whales of Johnstone Strait, the industry has boomed throughout Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The grand old tour ...
Orca Whale With British Columbia Coast Landscape

A serene evening and sunset with a pod of orca whales backdropped by the coast mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
The dramatic coast of British Columbia with its forested landscape and looming mountains, and the waters of Vancouver Island are Orca Whale central. It's captivating to experience the orca whal ...
Killer Whales Vancouver Island

The territory of the Northern Resident Killer Whales ranges between Campbell River to Port Hardy off Northern Vancouver Island and beyond.
A serene scene of a family pod of killer whales making their way from Johnstone Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait off Northern Vancouver Island. The light of the setting sun is caught in the plumes ...
Humpback Whales

A pair of humpback whales cruise the waters of Blackfish Sound off Northern Vancouver Island.
Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, forage in the deep waters of Blackfish sound off the coast of Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Bald Eagle Vancouver Island

Forever on the alert, a bald eagle has a prime location for watching the goings-on on Vancouver Island.
Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, in a tree on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Sea Otter

The Sea Otter has the densest fur of any animal in the mammal kingdom.
Sea Otter, Enhydra Lutris, in Nootka Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Black Bear BC

The Black Bear is the only species of bear found on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada.
Black Bear, Ursus americanus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Humpback Whale

A humpback whale takes a deep dive in Johnstone Strait off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Humpback Whale tail fluke, Johnstone Strait off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Orca Whale

An orca whale cruises the waters of Northern Vancouvern Island during sunset.
An Orca Whale male in Weynton Passage during sunset, Killer Whales off Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Check out more pictures of whale watching on Northern Vancouver Island here.
Pacific White Sided Dolphins

A small group of Pacific White Sided Dolphins perform arcobatics as the sun sets over Johnstone Strait.
Pacific White Sided Dolphins at sunset in Johhnstone Strait, Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada.
Black Bear Vancouver Island

It is common to see a black bear or two grazing on the side of the road in Northern Vancouver Island.
Black Bear, Ursus americanus, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), wading in the coastal waters of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Steller Sea Lion

A proud looking Steller Sea Lion at the entrance to Fife Sound in British Columbia, Canada.
The Steller Sea Lion is the largest member of the eared seal or Otariidae family and are considered as a threatened species.The only natural enemy for the Steller Sea Lion are Killer Whales, and i ...
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