Watching out for wildlife in BC
Trish Sare, BikeHike Adventures
Trish Sare doesn’t turn her back on marine creatures she shares the waters off coastal B.C.’s Gulf Islands with when she sees those creatures needing help.
Sare, who heads BikeHike Adventures, notes those waters are home to the likes of seals, eagles, great blue herons, otters, porpoises and resident and transient orca whales.
“In the years that I’ve been paddling among the islands I’ve encountered a lot of stranded, injured and very thin baby seal pups,” Sare reports. “I have an extremely soft spot for all animals and their well being and cannot relax if I see an animal in distress or abandoned. Initially, it is difficult to determine whether their mothers have left them to gather food or if they (the mothers) have been killed by predators or boat propellers. I always give the pups a very wide berth while I wait to see if their mother returns before making a call to the Island Wildlife Rescue on Salt Spring Island to report the sighting and a potential rescue operation if they feel that it is necessary. Their team is very passionate and dedicated to the well being and rehabilitation of marine mammals.”
Some might argue that harbour seal populations are healthy in the area and people needn’t provide them with any needed assistance. “But I argue that seal pups are sentient beings and deserve to live as much as humans do and especially don’t deserve to suffer from injury, starvation and dehydration.”
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“My true fulfillment doesn’t lie in my personal possessions but rather in the feelings of joy that I experience when I am able to do something to make someone’s life a little better,” Sare says. “I believe that having an open heart opens our minds, expands our horizons, builds community and ultimately makes our world a much more cohesive place.”