Encounter and photograph the wildlife and scenery of Nootka Sound from the safety of a coast guard approved rescue vessel that has been developed for comfortable wildlife viewing and photography. But in the Sugpiaq villages of Port Graham and Nanwalek, attitudes towards sea otters, which re-established there naturally in the 1950s, were more neutral or even positive. “In that era there was a real recognition of major declines in species… and an overarching desire, where possible, to turn those things around,” says Nichol, who joined DFO in 2001 as part of a group monitoring otter recovery. Beginning in 1969, sea otters from Amchitka and Prince William Sound in Alaska were packed onto planes and flown on a long journey south. Explore the inlets of Nootka Sound and beyond in search Sea Otters, Bears and Humpbacks. Canada. Sea otters are polygynous with mating happening for a few days in the water. Join one million Future fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram. The Sugpiaq people already hunt limited numbers of sea otters under a waiver to the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972) permitting hunting for processing and fashioning into handicrafts. But global estimates suggest sea otters numbered 150,000-300,000 in the early 1700s. Otters do not usually fly. A sea otter in the waters off Vancouver Island. Experience the welcoming wonder of this remote part of Vancouver Island and the local Indigenous culture. This year, during many of our whale watching excursions, we have had the amazing opportunity to view these adorable marine mammals close to Victoria. Beyond hunting otters for pelts in boats with paddles specially designed to quietly slip through kelp, they also defended the shoreline. That contrasts with what is happening with some modern-day otters, like those in California’s Monterey Bay and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. meet your fellow guests, travel to your comfortable lodge and settle in to your accommodations. To navigate the profound ecological shift from too few to what some argue is too many otters, their research took a human-centred look at solutions for smoothing the waters. Now they are thriving and recolonising. Clam gardens – watery raised beds along the coast that created sheltered waters for shellfish cultivation – also had stone walls perhaps just high enough to impede otters climbing in for a feast. 5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Recharge while sharing waters with sea otters and other marine life. The restricted range is a result of the single introduction back onto Vancouver Island. Colonies of otters in Oregon eventually blinked out, with sea otters in that state now found only in aquaria. Sea otters inhabit the Goose Islands, off the central coast of BC, and the isolated areas of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, mainly the area of the Brooks Peninsula (Brooks Peninsula / Muquin Provincial Park) and adjacent Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve, an extensive area (34,650 hectares) of marine shoreline, reefs and islets providing habitat for BC’s recovering Sea Otter population. Nootka Sound’s solitude and serenity takes you back in time to the birthplace of British Columbia. In March 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot on British Columbian soil when he visited Friendly Cove on Nootka Island. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “The Essential List”. Department and Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) sea otter biologist Linda Nichol explains that while a river otter “can scoot around on the land quite well”, the hind paws of sea otters have “elongated to create flippers so they are quite awkward on land”. Chemical analysis revealed consistent diets over 5,000-plus years. After full days on the water exploring all that Nootka Sound and beyond offers we will return to the warmth and comfort of Nootka Island Lodge to unwind and and enjoy delicious westcoast inspired cuisine. Nootka Island Lodge on Nootka Sound is truly “Natural British Columbia”. Births happen in the water all year with most around Vancouver Island giving birth from January to March. Arrive in Gold River at 4 pm, unload the boat, and say good-bye to your new friends! “First Nations are essentially in a never-ending battle of trying to assert their indigenous rights to manage resources,” says Burt. Looking within middens – ancient rubbish heaps – at the quantities of sea otter bones relative to those of other animals harvested by First Nations, they examined trends over time to estimate the abundance of otters. For the Haida, another Pacific coastal First Nation, head chiefs wore and lined beds with otter fur too, says Haida matriarch and scholar Kii’iljuus Barb Wilson. This is an imbalance that First Nations knowledge holders and Elders, and a team of scientists led by Burt during her doctoral studies, are seeking to redress. Similar translocations of Alaskan otters to the Washington and Oregon coast were not as successful. We saw lots of sea otters, and as a bonus also saw seals, bald eagles, cormorants and even whales. Head out to explore and experience the Sea Otters and Whales of Nootka Sound until dinner. These, she says, include “its diversity of prey, its ability to learn and share learning”. From the beginning of the project, “we have all been willing to learn from each other and trust each other,” says Salomon. "You can imagine a 60-pound animal that is eating 15 pounds of food a day," says Jane Watson, a researcher with Vancouver Island University, who has studied sea otters for decades. This tour primarily focuses on Sea Otters, Humpback Whales and Black Bears with a visit to Yuquot commonly know as Friendly Cove where Captain Cook first landed in 1778. Day 2 – An early breakfast followed by a full day on the water. To a sea urchin, crab or clam, a sea otter is a fearsome predator. markable coastal region unparalleled in it’s seascapes and wildlife. Nichol grew up around the Strait of Georgia, the protected narrow stretch of Pacific between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. And for at least 10,000 years, long before colonisation, British Columbia’s coastal First Nations harvested shellfish and managed otter populations too. The people of the Kyuquot/Chekleset First Nations, living where biologists had introduced otters in the 1970s, had the least favourable view of the otters. After a packed lunch head offshore in search of Orcas, Baleen Whales and Pelagic Birds. Animals found covered in oil, response team looking at rehabilitation options Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter; Dec. 16, 2020 3:30 p.m. News As Burt’s collaborative study notes, First Nations were never consulted prior to British Columbia’s Checleset Bay sea otter reintroductions. Sea otter biologists hoped these otters would start a new colony in the forest-fringed waters of Checleset Bay, British Columbia. On the island shores of Haida Gwaii , some 300km north-west of Checleset Bay, otters have been absent for a century but in recent years there have been periodic sightings of solitary otter males cruising by. Join us! “Prior to colonialism being put upon us through the Fisheries Act and the Indian Act, our Hereditary Leaders had control over specific territories,” says Wilson. She was a young … Otters were locally extinct. It needs to be,” she says. This tour is for those who truly want to experience the wilds of westcoast Vancouver Island while with all the comforts of a remote wilderness lodge after a day of exploring areas of Vancouver Island few have been lucky enough to explore. But in Canada, despite otters reaching an abundance where the Species at Risk Act technically permits a First Nations licence to hunt otters for food, social or ceremonial purposes, a tense relationship between Canada’s Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and coastal First Nations has thus far not led to sanctioned sea otter hunting. A sea otter grooms its dense fur while floating on a bed of kelp off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Protecting nature from people by treating humans and nature as separate rather than integrated, she elaborates, prioritises the well-being of an endangered species at the cost of impoverishing indigenous people who coexisted successfully with otters for millennia before Europeans arrived, historically managing numbers so that they, like the otters, could benefit from the shellfish bounty of the shores. For these remote communities, “the supply of local shellfish is the grocery store – and has been forever”, says Burt. Though British Columbia was the first Canadian province to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law in 2019, it has yet to be endorsed at a national level. Travel offshore to the edge of the continental Shelf for Orcas, Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Pelagic Birds. Lesley Evans Ogden is @ljevanso on Twitter. “I feel like sea otters have more rights than I do,” says Skil Hiilans Allan Davidson, Hereditary Chief of the Haida Nation, one of Burt and Salomon’s coauthors. The sea otters at the Aquarium are famous for being cute and fluffy, but there’s more to them than being adorable. ABOUT. Seals, sea lions, shellfish, birds, and fish abound. The Hereditary Chiefs did give their blessing for the research to proceed. Ocean Ecoventures has a Trip Advisor rating of 5/5 based on 1022 ratings and reviews. First Nations developed multiple ways of managing sea otters, their co-competitors for shellfish. Found on the picturesque northwest coast of Vancouver Island, Nootka Sound is a remarkable coastal region unparalleled in it’s seascapes and wildlife. READ: Sea otters are back with a worrying vengeance in B.C. A study of sea otter restoration in British Columbia is giving encouragement to a group that wants to bring sea otters back to the Oregon Coast. That, this new research argues, needs to change, with First Nations rights to non-wasteful sea otter hunting part of new path forward. Message received. These predators often feature in ecology students’ first lessons about keystone species and the waterfall of effects triggered by their extinction from communities – knowledge that emerged only after British Columbia’s otter reintroductions, and something scientists call an ecological cascade. It contributes, she says, to “a huge shift in food security and health”. When twins are born, usually only one pup survives. This story of sea otter conservation is part of a legacy of colonial-style conservation, says Anne Salomon, a socio-ecological systems researcher at Simon Fraser University, and originator of a broader Coastal Voices multimedia project, working with Burt and multiple First Nations. This is THE tour for Sea Otter lovers; rafts of over 100 Sea Otters are seen most days along with stunning scenery, a comfortable lodge and amazing west coast cuisine. By 1911, when an international treaty afforded the creatures some protection, they had shrunk to around 2,000. If there was one thing we wanted to do when visiting Vancouver Island, it was to see sea otters. Acknowledging the reintroduction era as one of disconnection with indigenous people, at that time, “a full grasp of the ecosystem shift that results from sea otters was also not yet well recognised”, she says. Before European colonisation of the British Columbia coast, Burt’s research collaborator Wii-tsts-koom Anne Mack, Hereditary and elected Chief of Toquaht Nation, explains that for the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, otter fur robes were a status symbol. Day 3 – Is the day to get out on the water early and travel to the outer reaches of the Nootka Sound to where the large rafts of Sea Otters are found. Discussing the past, present and future, the researchers then surveyed attitudes and ideas of adults aged 19-96 in one Alaskan and one British Columbian community, places with contrasting timelines of rebounding otter coexistence. By OB 2020-17 89 sea otters were reintroduced to Vancouver between 1969 and 1972, between Cape Scott to Barkley Sound on the west coast of the island. With First Nations increasingly leading research efforts, the next chapter of the story could benefit from a new view: that the humans that have lived alongside otters for millennia are an important thread not separate from, but woven into the rich fabric of Pacific coast ecosystems. Humpback Whales are found feeding in the protected waters of Nootka Sound on a daily basis and Black Bears are frequently seen foraging in the inter-tidal zones at low tide. By 1977, the original 89 had dipped down to 70. That positive relationship fostered between First Nations and Western scientists around study design, focus, and implementation, “is not typically done in science or resource management,” argues Salomon. Canadian and US biologists had a plan – one they didn’t discuss with First Nations. We are a small owner-operated family business that strives to make your adventure the best possible. “It was the best clam beach that ever was,” she said at a research workshop in 2018. Now, the original Alaskan otters released into British Columbia waters have grown from a population of 89 to more than 7,000. The tenacity of the sea otter over centuries is thought to be down to its diversity of prey and ability to learn (Credit: Jenn Burt). In British Columbia, they are found along the windswept west coast of Vancouver Island and the central coast, near Bella Bella. But if sea otter elders in Checleset Bay told floating bedtime stories to modern day pups, they might tell of their ancestors’ bizarre flying adventure. Welcome to Sea Otter Eco Tours Welcome to Sea Otter Eco Tours Welcome to Sea Otter Eco Tours. Ocean EcoVentures offers Whale Watching, Wildlife Encounters and Multi-Day Expedition Style Zodiac Marine Eco Tours exploring the remote waters and wildlife of Vancouver Island. Producer: James Thompson. Somehow, just as sleeping otters cling to kelp, their population hung on and then began to grow. The otter pup’s tiny front paws, downy fur, baleful squeaks and generally heart-bursting cuteness are … The emissions from travel it took to report this story were 0kg CO2. “Each time we want to have one of the things we did pre-history… we have to go to court, and it’s dragged on for decades,” says Wilson. Nichol grew up around the Strait of Georgia, the protected narrow stretch of Pacific between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It's estimated that 300,000 sea otters populated the West Coast of North America when Captain James Cook acquired pelts at Nootka Sound, on Vancouver Island, in 1778. Subscribe. While sea otters can reduce shellfish harvest through predation, a … Sea otter, heron treated as team battles active oil slick off Vancouver Island Animals found covered in oil, response team looking at rehabilitation options Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Dec. 16, 2020 2:30 p.m. First Nations of British Columbia's coast have a long history that is intertwined with that of sea otters in the area (Credit: Ilja Herb). It is a great location to watch some humpback whales, eagles and sometimes even killer whales. Where privacy and recreation come together to create Personalized Adventures! A revival of sea otters in British Columbia might be welcomed by some, but their burgeoning numbers are threatening the species they feed on, such as abalone (Credit: Stef Olcen). Such traditional knowledge is supported by scientific data. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch while exploring Friendly Cove. Before the otters returned, clams of many sizes and species were abundant on local beaches, recalls Saqᵂistl Hilda Hanson, an Elder of the Kyuquot/Checkleset Nation. Found on the picturesque northwest coast of Vancouver Island, Nootka Sound is a remarkable coastal region unparalleled in it’s seascapes and wildlife. Enjoy a packed lunch and explore the islands of Nuchatlitz Provincial Marine Park. Whales feed on the richness of the sea. She was a young child when sea otters were reintroduced to Checleset Bay. Just 45 minutes from Victoria B.C. The fur trade of the 17th and 18th centuries destroyed otter populations in parts of Canada, so to revive them otters were flown in from elsewhere (Credit: Getty Images). Otter return has seen abalone numbers crash too, at some sites declining 16-fold, with similar trends for sea cucumbers in Alaska. Historic population sizes, like the otters themselves, are fuzzy. Through Salomon and Burt’s research collaboration, combining indigenous knowledge and Western science, they are aiming to chart a middle ground, broadening the conversation surrounding sea otter recovery, says Salomon, “to one that focuses on social-ecological resilience and boldly addresses issues of equity, justice, and inclusivity”. It teems with wildlife. Humpback Whales are found feeding in the protected waters of Nootka Sound on a daily basis and Black Bears are frequently seen foraging in the inter-tidal zones at low tide. In 1929, the very last sea otter known to inhabit British Columbia's waters was shot dead off the coast of Vancouver Island. Local: 1 (250) 748-3800 Toll-Free: 1 (866) 748-5333, You are here: Home / Sea Otters, Whales, Wolves & Bears Expedition – Nootka Sound Vancouver Island, Daily 3.5 – 4 Hour Whale Watching Tours. This full-day West Coast boat tour is mainly to watch the cute sea otters on the West Coast of Vancouver Island North. A consistent diet over time, says McKechnie, suggests that people coexisting with otters “were actively hunting and managing their landscapes”. Checleset Bay otter numbers didn’t immediately take off. More 5-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Recharge while sharing waters with sea otters and other marine life. We use cookies and other technologies to understand how you and other visitors use our site, and improve your browsing experience. Nootka Sound ~ Sea Otters ~ Whales ~ Bears, 4 Days / 3 Nights ~ Encounter Sea Otters, Whales, Wolves & Bears ~ Stunning Scenery & Wildlife PhotographyÂ. The loss of clams, sea urchins, crabs and other edible species easily harvested from the beaches year-round is felt acutely. Sea Otter Island. Canada has enacted blanket laws like the Fisheries Act and Indian Act that generically undermines rights of indigenous peoples to resource sovereignty on traditional territories. Imagine the spectacular, rugged coast of northwest Vancouver Island: massive spruce and cedar forests rise up dark and green against grey-brown rock pounded by an ever-changing sea. Rich inter-tidal life with its myriad of colours, marine mammals such as sealions, seals, and whales, along with a varied marine bird presence lend to the specialness of this area. Research projects on sea otters with First Nations collaborators could lead to a fairer and more sustainable approach to managing otter numbers along the coast (Credit: Ilja Herb). Plenty is known about sea otter ecology. HOME. CONTACT. ... Vancouver Aquarium pausing public programming to focus on transformation. 4-Day Sea Otter Kayak Tour - Base Camp Experience a sea kayaking holiday escape to Kyuquot, with delicious meals, engaging kayak outings, and exploring on forest trails on a remote island in the Pacific! A visit to Yuquot or Friendly Cove to learn and explore the rich First Nations cultural heritage of the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nations People. But setting aside that narrow, colonialist conservation lens, a more complex picture emerges. The orphaned sea otter, believed to be just more than a week old, was found near Kyuquot, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, by someone who heard it crying on July 2. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Worklife, and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday. To do that, they first had to understand the long history of otters on the British Columbian coast, and these mercurial animals’ relationship with humans. That affirmation led to the group’s 2014 workshop bringing together archaeologists, scientists, leaders and representatives from 19 First Nations across British Columbia and Alaska to discuss otter, shellfish, kelp and humans interactions and brainstorm coexistence solutions. Though attitudes differed depending upon time since otter arrival, solutions suggested for improved coexistence converged on a desire for valuing indigenous knowledge, increasing indigenous authority and governance, and shared learning between indigenous communities around resource decision-making. The story of rebounding otters, notes Burt, “is a narrative where the costs and benefits differ depending on what perspective you come from”. Day 1 – Meet your Captain and Vessel at 12pm in Gold River B.C. Shared learning, it appears, benefits otters and humans alike. We will search for Coastal Sea Wolves that frequent the outer shores of Nootka Island.  If the weather outside Nootka Sound is favourable it gives us the ability to reach the continental shelf and search for less frequently seen marine mammals. Now that sea otters have returned, the clam cupboard is bare. Arrive back at the lodge to an amazing west coast dinner. Success! Enjoy a small tour group size with a maximum of only 8 guests onboard. This 4 day, 3 night eco tour explores the coastlines of Nootka Island and beyond. Females track behind causing the sea otter population to spread out and recolonise available habitat, explains Jenn Burt, a marine ecologist at Simon Fraser University who has been studying sea otters alongside First Nations collaborators. Sea Otter Capitol of Canada. It was the job of one family to dissuade hungry otters that attempted to rob shellfish, says Hup In Yook Tom Happynook, Huu-ay-aht Hereditary Whaling Chief of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation. To launch their more recent examination of otter-human interactions in British Columbia, Salomon and Wilson, her early partner on the project, wanted to gain the blessing of Hereditary Chief Councils of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations. The 77 animals that survived the translocation were clearly happy in their new habitat, and 30 years later, had fully reoccupied a large stretch of northwestern Vancouver Island. That, suggests McKechnie, means otters were well fed and eating the things they liked to eat for centuries, until the fur trade upset the balance. Wilson recalls turning to her to whisper “I’m so scared,” and Salomon whispering back “at least you’re First Nations!”. Sea otter, heron treated as team battles active oil slick off Vancouver Island. At first they struggled to adapt. As an experienced kayaker I enjoyed the challenges of the west coast of Vancouver Island on the Sea Otter Explorer trip, but other trip options are offered for families and beginning paddlers" Read the full review on TripAdvisor "This pristine, off-the-beaten-path area is truly an unspoiled slice of wilderness heaven. Wildlife abounds and the scenery is breathtaking. The Cyr family has owned and operated Nootka Island Lodge for over 33 years. Sea Otters were once hunted to near extinction for their dense fur. “My grandfather used to say that to deter the sea otters from coming onto the beach, they would kill a couple of them and anchor them… so that the sea otters that were coming in would see their cousins had been killed,” says Happynook. Less than 2000 were left worldwide, only 30 of those off Californian waters, and they were extirpated from the Canadian coast. 15 Bigg’s Killer Whales, Vancouver Island Whale Watching, Cowichan Bay Whale Watching – Shaw TV Duncan, Ocean Ecoventures Vancouver Island Whale Watching, Sea Otters, Whales, Wolves & Bears Expedition – Nootka Sound Vancouver Island, Ocean Ecoventures has a Trip Advisor rating of. Otter pressure is being felt most keenly by the Kyuquot/Checkleset First Nations who live at the epicentre of otter abundance: the site of their initial reintroduction. The only sea otters near Vancouver are the four living at the Vancouver Aquarium. This is the tour and area where one has intimate wildlife encounters with no other tour present. Sea otters were hunted up … Prized for their luxurious warm pelts, sea otters along vast stretches of the north Pacific Rim were decimated by the European fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. Small sea otter populations inhabit kelp forests, bays and coastal waters near islands, reefs, and fjords in the North Pacific Ocean. George was great company and his boat was According to the Vancouver Aquarium, a dead sea otter, believed to … $100k for 1/3rd share, 1/2 share $150k, Whole Island $300k USD. Rebounding otters are now so abundant that on some sections of British Columbian coast they are exhausting their own food supplies. Controlling the area came with the responsibility for looking after everything in the territory. Long before the fur trade accelerated and led to some 99% of the animals being wiped out, sea otters were a culturally and economically important resource. “That’s how they would distinguish the chiefs,” Mack says. Photograph Wildlife, Waterfalls, Seascapes, Landscapes and Sunsets. The research team led by the University of British Columbia analyzed the rebound in sea otters off the coast of Vancouver Island. 4 guests maximum! A sea otter in the waters off Vancouver Island A study of sea otter restoration in British Columbia is giving encouragement to a group that wants to bring sea otters back to the Oregon Coast. Sea otters have some special traits that have made a comeback possible. From a purely species-driven ecological perspective, the sea otter boom along the British Columbian coast might seem like a simple success story. University of Victoria archaeologist Iain McKechnie and his collaborators have gleaned evidence supporting this linked history from ancient coastal settlement sites. Vancouver Island Range The sea otter is distributed exclusively on the west coast of the island, ranging from Cape Scott in the north, to Barkley Sound in the south (though southward expansion is likely occurring). Otters … Sea otter, heron treated as team battles active oil slick near Nootka Sound – Vancouver Island Free Daily The on-site team deploys a boom curtain to contain the oil spill near Nootka Island. “It ought to be. Witness the wild and rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island. Witness Biggs Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Bears, Wolves, Bald Eagles and so much more!Established in 2003, Ocean EcoVentures has been creating "Life Experiences" ever since! One of the few marine mammals to use tools, sea otters pry loose and crack open hard-shelled prey like mussels using rocks like hammers and chisels underwater and on their bellies. And this tour more than delivered. The restricted range is due to the single introduction to Vancouver Island. In pre-colonial times, McKechnie’s work suggests, otters in coastal British Columbia never reached such high densities that competition drove them to look for new things to eat, like fish. Arriving in the massive room to present their research idea for review by assembled First Nation leaders, Salomon remembers feeling intimidated by the responsibility of forging positive relationships across cultures, the success of the project hanging in the balance. Geochemical information from the otter bones, with clues from stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen, revealed the otters’ diets of the distant past. Everyday is a new new day and who knows what we will find around the next corner or in the next bay. The sea otter rescue plan that worked too well, sea otters numbered 150,000-300,000 in the early 1700s, The ingenious ‘solar canals’ of India, from surveys on the west coast of Vancouver Island, using rocks like hammers and chisels underwater and on their bellies, human-centred look at solutions for smoothing the waters, clues from stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen, otters in coastal British Columbia never reached such high densities that competition drove them to look for new things to eat, It was the job of one family to dissuade hungry otters, Find out more about how we calculated this figure here. Found on the picturesque northwest coast of Vancouver Island, Nootka Sound is a re. Yet in regaining the recognition of resource rights and sovereignty, “each nation has to go separately”, says Wilson. For coastal First Nations in remote places like Kyuquot – at least five hours travelling time by dirt road, highway and boat from the nearest town – this has a huge impact. 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