In March of each year, Vancouver Island hosts the largest mammal migration in the world. Then the grey whales migrate past the coast of British Columbia. The residents are looking forward to this point of time. Because the migration of whales brings spring every year. That only begins when thousands of these animals pass directly off the coast. The season does not care about the calendar as it trusts the animals. Then the whale watching season begins for the numerous tourists. The best place for this is the nature park on Vancouver Island. You can find it on the west coast of Canada.
So far, the so-called Pacific Rim Whale Festival has also taken place at this time. Then the decorated wagons march through the village accompanied by costumed foot soldiers. Accompanied by music, the residents and the numerous visitors celebrate a big festival in honour of the animals. Unfortunately, the 2020 festival had to fall through. The main actors don’t mind the hype on the streets. They swim their way, watched by countless election watchers. They travel from all over the world to watch this spectacle. Then they see the whales that have formed into small groups. These usually consist of two in three animals.
This area is called the Pacific Rim. You can find it in the far west of the province of British Columbia. The name says it all, after all, to the west of the country you can only find water. The area is one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet. That not only applies to the water, but also to the land itself. The site has been a national park since 1977. It covers an area of more than 500 square kilometres.
17,000 Whales Embark On A Migration
The whales cover an enormous distance on their migration. The 17,000 animals migrate from Mexico out into the Bering Sea. They are visible; after all, they leave behind large side fountains. These occur when the pressure and the low outside temperature cause the moisture they breathe to condense. Initially, the animals move south to the coast of Baja California in Mexico. There they give birth to their young. Although it is warm in Mexico, the waters have too little oxygen. As a result, there is not enough plankton. Since this and the small animals inside are the grey whale’s primary food source, it goes back to the north.
The animals swim out into the Bering Sea off Alaska. The conditions there are ideal for their needs. The water is cold and cloudy. It has plenty of oxygen, so plankton and numerous small animals can thrive entirely. The whales do not go to Mexico again until autumn. The whales are getting along well with the tourist flows. If they want to take a look at the animals, it can even happen that they proudly present their offspring. They are not afraid of the people because they know them. People can become even petty some of them. That is unusual; after all, whales are inherently shy of humans. For the locals, the heralds of spring have become a part of their society. They live with big animals and appreciate their presence every year.