Just a little way down from where I saw yesterday's racoon I spotted this pair fishing off this rock. I especially like to see these River Otters because they are very sensitive to pollution and are a good sign that these waters are relatively clean. Although I grew up on the west coast (Vancouver) I don't recall seeing so much wildlife when I was a child. In fact I don't recall seeing any wildlife in the parts of the city where we lived. It may have been that I was not very observant as a child or possibly Vancouver simply lacked the wild animals that I regularly see here in Victoria. Another possibility is that people may have begun to adopt a less aggressive attitude towards wild animals and so they are becoming more numerous and visible. I hope that is the case.
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!