Steller’s (Northern) Sea Lions on the Belle Chain Islets, southern Gulf Islands
These enormous animals spend the winter lolling around on offshore rocks. Their loud roars carry a long way through the quiet surroundings.
Orcas (killer whales) from the endangered southern resident population. There are only 78 animals left in this population of orcas, one of which is a new-born calf. They are distinct from other orcas and eat Chinook salmon, not seals or other mammals. Severe declines in Chinook numbers, coupled with noise and pollution in their home waters, has led to the decrease in these very popular mammals.