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The Sea Wolves
Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
Photographs by: Ian McAllister By (author): Nicholas Read

Photographs by :

Ian McAllister , Nicholas Read


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover, Flaps


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Oct 01, 2010
$19.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 460 gr

Page Count:

128 pages


75 Halftones, color , 1 Maps , 1 Index
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Dogs and wolves|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues|Interest age: from c 9 years
British Columbia
j599.773/097111 22
OLA Best Bets 2010, Commended January Magazine's Best Books of 2010 list 2010, Commended Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2010, Commended Library Media Connection Editor's Choice 2011, Commended VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2010, Commended Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee 2012, Short-listed Lane Anderson Award finalist 2010, Short-listed Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2012, Short-listed CCBC Best Books 2012, Commended Red Maple Award nominee 2013, Short-listed
  • Short Description
The coastal wolf, a genetically distinct strain that swims and fishes, inhabits the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's rugged west coast.
These unique wolves swim like otters and fish like bears!

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.

Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of numerous books. Ian directed the 2019 IMAX film Great Bear Rainforest and co-wrote the film's tie-in book, Great Bear Rainforest: A Giant Screen Adventure in the Land of the Spirit Bear. A recipient of the North American Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero Award, he and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. The co-founder of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group, Ian lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Contributor Website

Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 12 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"This extensive, informative text is illustrated with remarkable photographs taken by McAllister…They show the lush, old-growth forest and rocky shoreline and a variety of animals that share this habitat, but the wolves are the stars: at rest, at play, on the prowl and catching fish…Fascinating and useful." - Kirkus Reviews

"The authors make an impassioned plea to see these wolves as fragile symbols of a wild setting, both of which are worthy of protection…The same exceptional photography that readers saw in The Salmon Bears also graces this publication, bringing readers up close and personal with wolf subjects engaged in everyday activities, views that few people will likely see in the wild…Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"A warm, informative introduction to a distinct strain of wolves that inhabit the British Columbian coast...In succinct, conversational language, the authors present attention grabbing facts…[and] McAllister's highly expressive, close-up photos of the beautiful animals hunting, lounging, and nuzzling will easily draw browsers…A strong choice for both classroom science units and personal reading." - Booklist

"Illustrated with stunning photographs of the wolves and bears that live in the Great Bear Rainforest on the western edge of Canada...[Sea Wolves and Salmon Bears] would be useful for classroom units on animals, ecology, [and] wilderness conservation." - Canadian Teacher

"I can't imagine the reader who wouldn't enjoy this one....The Sea Wolves is an enchanting and deeply interesting book, dense with well-shared information and informative sidebars, not to mention some very good photographs...Young naturalists will enjoy the book almost as much as their parents will." - January Magazine, Best Books of 2010

"The arresting images of wolves and their surroundings reveal McAllister's passion for his subject and his skill as a photographer. Librarians might consider purchasing the volume for its captivating, full-color photos and its introduction to a unique subject." - School Library Journal

"[An] informative text, filled with spectacular photographs...This book is a fascinating story of their lifecycle and habitat...Beautifully presented, each chapter is filled with many full-page illustrations of these intriguing wolves and their varying environment...Highly recommended for both school and classroom libraries as well as for personal information." - Resource Links

"[A] terrific book...An engaging text, and McAllister's stunning colour photographs of coastal wolves catching salmon and raising pups in their natural habitat...provide a compelling case for protection of the rain forest and all its denizens." - The Globe and Mail

"[An] engaging account...Augmented 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)...the authors provide a comprehensive study." - Publisher's Weekly

"Gorgeously photographed and informative...The book is written in an accessible almost conversational style as it dispels the "big bad wolf" mythology and describes the unique relationship with First Nations people with whom the wolf has shared their territory for thousands of years." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"McAllister's stunning photographs accompany the text and provide an intriguing portrait of these fascinating animals. The text and photographs complement each other nicely and provide an in-depth examination of this species. Sidebars throughout the text offer further nuggets of information. Contact information for Pacific Wild rounds out the book. For those who want to learn more about these distinct animals, this book is a treasure trove." - Library Media Connection

"The friendly, well-written and easy-flowing text makes it a great book for reading aloud to a class or for a child who enjoys reading about animals." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Stunning colour photographs...show the British Columbian habitat of these incredible wolves. This title shows the cyclical beauty found in wild places and the tangible connection of all living things." - VOYA, Annual Nonfiction Honor List

"[A] stunning presentation...Through discussion and beautiful photography the authors try to dispel the bad reputation of wolves and to make a case for protecting their environment from development. The book will be useful for environmental studies and as an example of genetic variation and adaptation within a species to the environment." - PSLA Top Forty

"A fascinating account of the lives of the wolves which inhabit BC's Great Bear Rainforest, on the northern coast. Filled with photographs of the wolves in their habitat pursuing their daily lives, this book is rich and in-depth...The prose is beautifully written...[and] wonderfully presents the many lives of the creatures which inhabit this ecologically diverse area of pristine wilderness...Visually the book is stunning, with an evocative text." - Canadian Literature

"The photography is marvelous...breathtaking, even." - BookLinx

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