Majestic Magazine features articles from our guides who are experts in sea kayaking and wildlife. We hope you enjoy everything we share and that you learn a little more about the amazing regions of Ucluelet, Tofino and the National Park Reserve Broken Group Islands.
Sea Stars and Sea Star Wasting Disease
Sea stars are one of the most abundant species to be seen along the coast of Vancouver Island, especially in the intertidal zone. Ochre stars (Pisaster ochraceus), bat stars (Asterina miniate), leather stars (Dermasterias imbricata), and spiny pink stars (Pisaster brevispinus) are currently the easiest to spot along rock formations, the sandy sea floor, and in tide pools.
Bird Spotting: Birds to Cross off Your Birding List
People travel all over the world to spot endemic or rare birds. Vancouver Island is host to an abundance of sea bird species which can be hard to spot without the help of on-water transport. Good thing we have sea kayaks and guides who know their birds well!
One of the most anticipated parts of joining a sea kayaking tour is the potential for wildlife spotting. Marine, and terrestrial creatures, both vertebrates and invertebrates, are abundant in this area of the Pacific Ocean –though a sighting cannot be guaranteed! In this article, the most common animals will be described by their main habitat, population status, which tours they are most likely to be spotted on, and spotting potential, as well as their looks and characteristics.