It is no secret that Canada is home to some of the wildest animals in the natural world – read about their bears here! However, with the ‘Wildlife of British Columbia’ trip, our Canada experts have designed a brilliant tour which gives guests a glimpse into the magical world below the waves. Here are some of the amazing creatures you are likely to encounter.
The Pale Grey Whale
The Pale Grey Whale can be hard to spot, as they often travel alone and, unlike other species, do not breach. Instead, the whale sits unobtrusively at the surface. These whales, with their scarred, grey exterior are sometimes referred to as ‘breathing rocks’. Their blow rises three to four metres and is often heart-shaped making the whales a romantic sight for those on honeymoons or anniversary trips.
The pale grey whale can grow up to fourteen metres and has no dorsal fin, only a small hump and a row of ‘knuckles’ stretching two-thirds of the way down the body.
The Orca, commonly called the Killer Whale, is the largest member of the dolphin family. Unlike the Pale Grey Whale, the Orca is a very sociable animal and lives in family groups known as pods. The creatures can grow up to nine metres long and a female can expect to live twenty-nine years in the wild – the lifespan of a male Orca is just seventeen years.