Marine Life

Marine life in B.C.’s cold temperate waters is among the richest and most diverse on the planet. Being fortunate enough to witness and capture images of these creatures in the wild comes with a responsibility. These photos must be used in a way that helps to ensure the well being of all marine life by educating and promoting action.

A Biggs, or transient, killer whale belonging to the family group T55 circles a small island where up to 1000 Steller sealions haul out to give birth and breed in the Great Bear Rainforest. These massive predators, a symbol of B.C.’s wild beauty which attracts tourists from around the world, are unfortunately also among the most highly contaminated mammals in the world. Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP’s) including PCB’s, pesticides and brominated flame-retardants bioaccumulate in the fatty tissues of these long-lived whales and are passed down from mother to calf. It is critical to educate people and encourage positive action from those who have been fortunate enough to experience, and be moved, by these animals in the wild. POP’s are everybody’s business.

A Biggs, or transient, killer whale belonging to the family group T55 circles a small island where up to 1000 Steller sealions haul out to give birth and breed in the Great Bear Rainforest. These massive predators, a symbol of B.C.’s wild beauty which attracts tourists from around the world, are unfortunately also among the most highly contaminated mammals in the world. Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP’s) including PCB’s, pesticides and brominated flame-retardants bioaccumulate in the fatty tissues of these long-lived whales and are passed down from mother to calf. It is critical to educate people and encourage positive action from those who have been fortunate enough to experience, and be moved, by these animals in the wild. POP’s are everybody’s business.

Juvenile pink salmon seek the protection of sheltered bays along East Kinahan Is. after leaving the Skeena River on their migration to the open ocean.

Juvenile pink salmon seek the protection of sheltered bays along East Kinahan Is. after leaving the Skeena River on their migration to the open ocean.

Rockfish, which are amongst the longest living fish on earth, can live for over 200 years. Slow to reproduce, these fish are perfect examples of why No-Take-Zones are crucial to ensure the protection of mature breeding stocks. Possibly the coolest fish on the coast.

Rockfish, which are amongst the longest living fish on earth, can live for over 200 years. Slow to reproduce, these fish are perfect examples of why No-Take-Zones are crucial to ensure the protection of mature breeding stocks. Possibly the coolest fish on the coast.

Having completed the long northward journey from Hawaii, a mother and calf humpback whale return to the Great Bear Sea, passing by a point containing a remote underwater listening device. This network, which is run by Pacific WIld, contains six hydrophones that are used to gather baseline acoustical data, monitor ambient underwater ship traffic noise and broadcast online the vocalizations of humpbacks, orcas and dolphins.

Having completed the long northward journey from Hawaii, a mother and calf humpback whale return to the Great Bear Sea, passing by a point containing a remote underwater listening device. This network, which is run by Pacific WIld, contains six hydrophones that are used to gather baseline acoustical data, monitor ambient underwater ship traffic noise and broadcast online the vocalizations of humpbacks, orcas and dolphins.

Humpback whales are making an amazing return to our coast right now. Slaughtered here extensively up until 1966, these giants are now returning to our coastal waters and bringing with them their complex culture, illuminated by song. 

Humpback whales are making an amazing return to our coast right now. Slaughtered here extensively up until 1966, these giants are now returning to our coastal waters and bringing with them their complex culture, illuminated by song. 

North Pacific krill are a foundation species on this coast, feeding everything from 5" herring to 50’ humpback whales. They taste okay, only if you add a little garlic.

North Pacific krill are a foundation species on this coast, feeding everything from 5" herring to 50’ humpback whales. They taste okay, only if you add a little garlic.

The spring herring spawn on our coast is an event of a magnitude similar to the fall return of salmon. Countless species gather to partake in the feast these small fish offer. This young herring gull is doing what it has evolved perfectly to do: eat herring.

The spring herring spawn on our coast is an event of a magnitude similar to the fall return of salmon. Countless species gather to partake in the feast these small fish offer. This young herring gull is doing what it has evolved perfectly to do: eat herring.

Milt from the male Pacific herring turn the surrounding waters turquoise blue.

Milt from the male Pacific herring turn the surrounding waters turquoise blue.

A Pacific white sided dolphin escorts us during a particularly calm Cape Caution rounding.

A Pacific white sided dolphin escorts us during a particularly calm Cape Caution rounding.