The coastal wolves have an extraordinary ability to swim across miles between islands.
Sea-wolves are a unique breed of wolf found in the Great Bear Rainforest along the Pacific Coast of Canada. Swimming between islands like fish, they are genetically distinct from their inland cousins, or wolves in any other part of the world.
British Columbia has a relatively low human population where sea wolves enjoy an isolated wilderness, an area of 21-million acres, often described as a "bastion of biodiversity". There are 25 native species of conifers and grizzly bears, black bears, and spirit bears living together.
In the water, whales, sea lions, seals, seabirds and salmon make the sea extraordinarily richer than anywhere else along the coast. For thousands of years, wolves have lived in peace. They had a unique relationship with the coastal First Nations peoples, for whom the wolf was considered as a revered animal treated with admiration and respect.
However, they're being threatened on all sides by hunting, trapping, and industry. Road building and clear cut logging have appeared to be harmful to wolves, not only destroying the forests they live in but making it easier for hunters to gain access to coast wolves.