Location: Central- south west coast of Vancouver Island including entrance to Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Swiftsure and La Perouse Banks.
#1) Endangered, threatened or vulnerable species
#2) Feeding concentration
#4) Migration corridor
#5) Species Diversity
Each winter and spring the population of North Pacific gray whales migrates along the shores of Vancouver Island between breeding grounds in Mexico and feeding grounds in northern seas.
A distinct group of several hundred of these whales leaves the migration and feeds along Vancouver Island coast through the summer season. This is known as the southern feeding group that ranges from northern California to southeast Alaska during summer.
Large concentrations of feeding humpback whales are found in this area, with highest densities shifting with their pilchard or herring prey. They are found from Vancouver Island inlets, to offshore banks, to the edge of continental shelf and southward into US waters.
This has been an important cetacean area for millennia as indicated by the unique whaling culture of the Nuu Chah Nulth of central-southern Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery. They hunted gray whales, humpback whales, right whales and others. Also, the whaling industry, based at Sechart in Barkley Sound, took thousands of whales from this area from 1905 to 1917.
|Canada (SARA)||USA (ESA)|
|Gray whales||Special Concern||None|
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