Meet the Amazing Sea Wolves of British Columbia

Posted: July 4, 2017 in Amazing and Interesting Stories, Animals, Nature, Things I Love
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Along the wild Pacific coast of British Columbia there lives a population of Sea Wolves. Scientists know from exhaustive DNA studies that these wolves are genetically distinct from their relatives. They are behaviourally distinct, swimming from island to island and preying on sea animals. They are also morphologically distinct — they are smaller in size and physically different from their mainland cousins.

Incredibly, 90% of their food comes directly from the ocean, with 25% of it coming from eating salmon. Hey, in addition to being amazing they have good taste! Another cool fact is that these Sea Wolves are excellent swimmers and have been observed swimming as far as 7.5 miles from island to island.

British Columbia has a relatively low human population, so these Sea Wolves enjoy an isolated wilderness – an area of 21-million acres. There are 25 native species of conifers and grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears living there as well.*

*Spirit Bears? Cool name. I searched that one up on The Goggle and it turns out Spirit Bears are a rare subspecies of Black Bear, 10% of which are white. Nature, man.

However, here’s the bad news. Sea Wolves are being threatened on all sides by hunting, trapping and industry. Road building and clear cut logging have been harmful to the wolves, not only destroying the forests they live in but making it easier for hunters to gain access to hunt them. Who the hell would want to kill an animal that has adapted and worked so hard to survive? Humans suck, man.

Anyway, Sea Wolves are a real thing, and I had no idea. Just cool as hell. Check ’em out by clicking the gallery below and rolling through the photos.

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