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B.C. Photographer’s Shot of Sea Wolf Named One of National Geographic’s Favourites of 2015

posted May 28, 2016, 12:27 PM by chloe owens

2/14/16, by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun’

B.C. photographer’s shot of sea wolf named one of National Geographic’s favourites of 2015

Ian McAllister – photographer, environmentalist and scuba diver was busy documenting the seasonal herring spawn on B.C.’s central coast when he spotted a couple of wolves on the shoreline north of Bella Bella. Wearing a dry suit in the cold clear waters, he swam towards the predators and positioned his Nikon D4 camera with underwater housing to obtain a split image of sea and sky. As McAllister emerged all black and slippery at the surface, the wolves immediately thought dinner – and not those little eggs squeezed from a female herring. “As soon as I came out of the water, they looked at me and immediately ran over,” he recalled in an interview Monday. “I thought, ‘this is really stupid because they think I’m a seal.’…The photograph helps to illustrate the importance of the annual herring spawn…The two wolves are part of a pack of seven or eight that relies on the seasonal spawn.