The Salish Sea is made up of a complex system of coastal waterways that lie between British Columbia in Canada and Washington in the United States. The body of water stretches from Desolation Sound in the north of the Strait of Georgia to the south of the Puget Sound. Meanwhile, the Strait of Juan de Fuca sits to the west of the sea.
The inland sections of the Salish Sea are somewhat separated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean by the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. As a result, they are protected a little from ocean storms. And while the so-called sea is actually a series of inlets, sounds and straits, together they create one watery ecosystem.
And the Salish Sea is a thriving ecosystem, at that. Its waters are home to at least 253 species of fish. Furthermore, the sea plays host to the southern resident orca. However, the species’ population is in decline due to dwindling salmon numbers. Northern resident orcas also visit the area. By contrast, the numbers of this seal-eating species are on the up.