Meet Rare Sea Wolves Who Live Off The Ocean And Can Swim For Hours
A website called boredpanda recently featured Ian McAllister's photographs of sea wolves residing along the Pacific coast of B.C.
“We know from exhaustive DNA studies that these wolves are genetically distinct from their continental kin,” says McAllister. “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 counterparts,” says Ian McAllister, an award-winning photographer who has been studying these animals for almost two decades.
McAllister captured the magic of these wolves in breath-taking pictures. As he swam towards them, “the curious canines approached him so closely that he could hear them grunting into his snorkel. He took several frames, then pushed back into deeper water without daring to look up,” writes the bioGraphic.
Have you read Pacific Wild's book "The Last Wild Wolves" by Ian McAllister yet? Ian McAllister’s second book The Last Wild Wolves, Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest is an intimate portrait that documents for the first time ever a distinct population of wolves living on the rugged north coast of British Columbia, one of the last places on the planet where wolves live relatively undisturbed by humans. This book describes Ian’s experiences following two packs of wolves, one in the extreme outer coastal islands and another farther inland in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. With contributions by wolf researcher Chris Darimont, the book contains a selection of over 100 photographs taken by Ian during his seventeen years living in and exploring this region. Buy it here.
“Unleash your inner wild thing with this beautiful account of the marine wolves of northern British Columbia.”
NATIONAL POST, DEC 1, 2007