Orca / Killer Whale
Largest member of the dolphin family. Highly social, sophisticated hunters, apex predators. Iconic resident and transient populations are found in BC.
Adults grow to 16 meters and weigh up to 30 tons! They migrate up to 15,000 miles each year, feeding on krill and small fish. A real crowd pleaser!
Often seen in close-knit groups of 10- 100, they love to bow ride! The Pacific white-sided dolphin live up to 40 years, and have their own unique names.
A Canadian icon with large coastal males standing over 3 meters tall! They hibernate for 5-7 months of the year, and feed on salmon and berries.
Better eyesight, hearing and sense of smell than a human. Feeding mainly on vegetation during dusk or dawn light. Often seen along the BC coast.
An iconic species found swooping down and feeding on fish, with a typical wingspan of 2 meters. It takes up to 5 years to attain their white heads.
Found only in the waters of the North Pacific and growing up to 2.3 meters in length, they feed on schooling fish and live up to 22 years.
Each seal has it’s own unique pattern, they also lack an ear flap, just a canal. Growing to 1.8 meters and 130kg’s, they inhabit much of BC’s coast.
We’re lucky enough to have the world’s largest species - Steller sea lions, and the smaller California sea lions (noted by their high, domed forehead).
Giant Pacific Octopus
The largest species in the world, with an incredible arm span of over 4-6 meters! The GPO can sometimes be seen as food for hungry sea lions.
Great Blue Heron
Weighing around 2kg’s, but with a wingspan of nearly 2 meters! Found stalking the shallow water and feeding on small fish, swallowing them whole!
Those magnificent creatures can live between 55 and 70 years, weigh up to 41 tonnes (90,000 lb) and measure up to 14.9 meters (49 ft).