When embarking on most luxury private yacht in Vancouver with Vancouver Legend Yacht, you will have to stop and take a moment to appreciate the incredible variety of marine creatures you are sharing waters with.
From the great orca to the humble sea urchin, the diversity of marine life in British Columbia is something to be appreciated. The blog will make you walk through some of the popular marine animals to keep an eye out for on the yachting voyage.
•SEA URCHINS – Frequently seen while snorkeling or diving, the sea urchin is actually one of the most intriguing creatures to grace the oceans of BC. To crawl along the seabed and over the seaweeds, they have strange tube – like feet. The red urchin is the largest in BC, and there is also the smaller green species to be seen. The red urchin has markedly the longest spines, which along with its red color makes it look quite the menace. The green variety has shorter, thinner spines. Both are known to create barrens, which helps keep the level of seaweed at bay. But these hives of urchins attract unwanted predators such as the wool-eel who consumes them in their entirety. There is the purple sea urchin which unlike the previous two survives best along the coast as opposed to the deep dark depths.
•ORCA WHALES – One of the world's most powerful predators - Orcas or killer whales are the largest of the dolphin's world. They can be best spotted from the comfort of your most luxury private yacht in Vancouver. An Orca can live up to 80 years for females and up to 50 years for males. The ladies are notably smaller than males. Orcas are immediately recognizable by their distinctive black-and-white coloring. They feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even whales. They are known to grab seals right off the ice. They also eat fish, squid, and seabirds.
•JELLY FISH – Frequently seen while snorkeling or diving, they look magnificent under the water. When you set your eyes on this brainless, heartless, boneless creatures, it gives you the feeling that you have stepped into a bygone era. There are over 2000 known species across the globe, and 75 of those reside in BC waters. BC’s offering includes a wide range of looks – some mushroom-like, others caterpillar-like while others resembling a cracked egg! They are popular because they can regenerate their own damaged tissue. With the help of specialized stingers, they hunt prey such as small fish, other smaller jellyfish, and plankton. They are known as jelly fish because they are composed of around 96 percent water, the rest protein, and minerals.
•THE PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN – The Dolphin is everyone’s favorite sea creature. Their playful attitude and sleek appearance are just too endearing to resist. As with most ocean animals, there is a huge variety of species out there. The most common here in BC is the Pacific White Sided Dolphin and it is a beauty not to be missed. This dolphin has a small and rounded ‘beak’ or ‘nose’ which contains very small and rounded teeth – making it look like the baby of the dolphin world. It also loves to ride the bow waves and is known to follow vessels for many miles which means you have a good chance of getting up close and personal when on board one of our yachts. Just like Orca’s they like to dine on squid, but they also have a taste for small fish such as anchovies and sardines. They also like to feed at night and play by day.
So there you have it, four very different sea creatures to be spotted in the BC area. Each so different from the first, but all fascinating and magnificent in their own very special way. Make sure when on board the most luxury private yacht in Vancouver you take in the mesmerizing views of nature and keep your eyes peeled for some of the world’s best marine life. It will be an experience of the lifetime.