The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves, a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures. Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture.Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.
In a companion to The Salmon Bears, McAllister and Read set out to prove that "if you put aside all the bad press they've received in North American history, European fairy tales and Disney cartoons... you'll discover that wolves are fascinating," delivering a engaging account that focuses on the wolves that inhabit British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. Aug-mented by a bounty of sharp photos taken at close range (that say as much about this stunning section of the Pacific coast as they do about the wolves) and "Wolf Bites" sidebars about everything from the animals' social hierarchy to the differences between wolves and dogs, the authors provide a comprehensive study of these wolves while cautioning that, in contrast to their fierce image, they are quite vulnerable to environmental changes and human behavior. Ages 8 up.