Good Day to Work

sunrise

As I tell my guest: “It is a tough job but someone needs to do it.” The sunrise is the start of another day of work at Grizzly Bear Lodge and my second favourite is: “Every day is a good day some are just gooder.” And this looks to be one of the “gooder” days.

 

 

Spring dining for a grizzly bear

grizzly on the beach

Until the salmon arrive in the river in late August the grizzly bears of Knight Inlet find their food on the beach. This bear was scrapping mussels and barnacles from the rocks to obtain the protein necessary to keep it alive. These are eaten “in the shell” and with our motor turned off we can hear the crunching as well as the scrapping of claws. This look was “you are in my comfort zone” so we slowly backed off a few meters.

 

 

Gourmet Dinning

dinner dinner

As our website states; “Gourmet level – lots of Dungeness crab, fresh local prawns, salmon, as well as vegetable and meat dishes. At Grizzly Bear Lodge we have always taken pride in providing quality home cooked meals for our visiting guests.  Local sea food and meat dishes, along with home made breads and desserts.  After a full day of wildlife viewing we all sit down together to enjoy a meal and discuss the days adventures.”  The adventure discussion often lasts long after the meal as the guides share the table and try to keep to the rule: “What happens in the boat stays in the boat unless mentioned by the guest.”

Humpback Whales Feeding 5 of 5

Humpback lunging

This last photo was over thirty minutes after the first photo posted. We had watched the humpbacks feeding all this time and they had moved away from the Oliver Clark and it had started to slowly move away from the herring ball but the whales kept feeding in the area for another fifteen minutes. It was an experience my guest will never forget. I know that it is one of the highlights of fifteen years of guiding for Grizzly Bear Lodge.

 

 

 

Humpback Whales Feeding 4 of 5

Very Close

Two minutes after the previous posting was the lunge that made the owner of the boat think he might need a larger boat. I know this because we stopped and talk and I eventually sent him a series of photos for his collection. This lunge was less than two meters (yards) from the side of the Oliver Clark….

 

 

 

Humpback Whales Feeding 2 of 5

whales lunge feed

The boat is the 17 meters (55.8 ft) Oliver Clark II from Halfmoon Bay BC. The boat was drifting with engines off and this seemed to encourage the feeding whales. The lunges started away from the boat and slowly started to get closer to the herring, which were hiding under the boat….

 

 

Humpback Whales Feeding 1 of 5

Herring ball

Contrary to the blog title this is not a photo of a humpback whale lunge feeding but it does show the reason for the lunges in the next four posting. The boiling water off the bow of this boat and beside the skiff is a massive herring ball. The ball or rather large school of herring surrounds the boat….

 

 

Grizzly Bear View

big grizzly bear

Watching grizzly bears from the viewing stands on the Glendale River is a little different that from a boat in the river estuary. This is especially true when the bear walks directly below the stand. This downward perspective truly shows the size and bulk of this grizzly. This is a “well fed” bear that is a long way to fatting for hibernation. The photo was taken on September 2nd and means the bear still has two months to add additional layers of fat.

 

 

Trapper Rick’s Boat Pool 3 of 3

grizzly on the river

Part of the reason for crossing the river was to join it’s sister on the far side. In the previous posting the sister was looking across the river at this scene and a freshly caught salmon is always an invitation. This process of grizzly bears moving up and crossing the river took about an hour but the guests did not feel that it was time wasted.