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Tofino or Ucluelet best for sea otter?

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Tofino or Ucluelet best for sea otter?

Hi folks,

Just a week till we will be on vacation in Tofino from the UK, staying at the Clayoquot-Orca Resort.

We plan to take a whale-watching trip, and hope to bump into sea otter.

Can anyone offer any advice about good places to see them from the shore? Is a boat trip from Tofino or Ucluelet likely to be a better bet?

And any favourite boat operators?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Tofino or Ucluelet best for sea otter?

Extremely unlikely to see sea otters (not to be confused with river otters that may live in the ocean) from shore in this area and if you do they will just be small bumps in the water. The population of sea otters on Vancouver Island is much more concentrated further north in the Nuchatlitz Inlet area and Kyuqout Sound where 100's may be seen (these area are only boat accessible). Further south it is primarily much smaller groups or individual males that are seen.

If choosing a boat tour from Tofino or Ucluelet your chances are greater out of Tofino.

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2. Re: Tofino or Ucluelet best for sea otter?

Thanks for the advice, we'll take a boat from Tofino.

Unfortunately, no time to head further north on this trip (as ever, the first time you go somewhere, you try and fit in everything), but it sounds great - who knows, we could be back some day.

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3. Re: Tofino or Ucluelet best for sea otter?

We just had two sea otters off Tofino right by dead man's island. Check out Mike white on Browning Pass Charters. Ukee has otters too...bets bet is Toddy and Al on Archilpelago Charters. Both great operations to view wild life. We have been having problems with first nations shooting sea otters...VERY BAD and SAD!

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