We all love a husky. They are fun, expressive and make amazing family dogs. Based purely on looks, they are probably the closest to their ancestors, the wolfs. Now I am happy to bring you the captivating images of Ian McAllister, an award-winning photographer. He’s been studying wolves, for almost two decades taking the most stunning photos along the way. He came across a pack of ‘sea wolves’ or coastal wolves in British Columbia. While he documented their lives he came across some extraordinary traits of these unique pups. And how similar are they to our beloved husky? Let’s see..
Along the wild Pacific coast of British Columbia, there lives a population of the sea wolves. “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. As they are smaller in size and physically different from their mainland counterparts”. Ian McAllister, an award-winning photographer 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.
One could almost call these sea wolves pescatarians. 90 percent of their food comes directly from the ocean. About a fourth of it comes from eating salmon. On top of having distinctive food patterns, sea wolves are also excellent swimmers. Their farthest record being swimming to an archipelago 7.5 miles from the nearest landmass. If you would like to know more about these extraordinary animals, read on this National Geographic article.