Phoca vitulina), or common seal, is a true ‘ear less’ seal found along temperate and Arctic coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. They are the most widely distributed of the pinniped family (walruses, eared seals, and true seals), they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Victoria, BC’s inner harbour at
are mammals of the weasel family. There are two distinct species of otters in BC: (Lutra canadensis) and sea otters (Enhydra lutris).
The lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to the cold waters of the Arctic, north Atlantic, and north Pacific Oceans.
Phacellophora camtschatica, known as the fried egg jellyfish or egg-yolk jellyfish, is a very large jellyfish, with a diameter up to 60 cm (2 ft) and sixteen clusters of tentacles, each up to 6 metres (20 ft) long. This cool-water species can be found in many parts of the world’s oceans.
The Gasterosteidae are a family of fish including the sticklebacks. Although some authorities give the common name of the family as “sticklebacks and tube-snouts”.
are forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast.
Brachyistius frenatus, the Kelp perch, is a of native to the eastern from , to , where it is found in down to a depth of about 30 metres (98 ft). This fish is also known to be a . This species can reach a length of 22 centimetres (8.7 in)
The shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata) is a common found in estuaries, lagoons, and coastal streams along the Pacific coast from to . Female Shiner perches are deep-bodied with a dusky greenish back and silvery sides that have a pattern combining fine horizontal bars with three broad yellow vertical bars. Breeding males turn almost entirely black, the barred pattern being obscured by dark speckles. They are one of the most common fish in the bays and estuaries of their range, favoring beds of , and often accumulating around piers as well. They feed on such as , but have been observed to bottom feed as well.
may be Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, or Pink salmon. The Atlantic Salmon is not native to the west coast of North America, but it is commonly raised in aquaculture operations. Pacific Salmon are part of the genus Oncorhynchus, which includes also includes Cutthroat and Steelhead Trout; these species are often collectively called salmonids.
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