Roy is a male Grizzly Bear that we have commonly been seeing on our river trips. It is very rewarding to recognize certain bears and watch their behaviour over a season, or several seasons for that matter. Roy got his fair share of salmon and was looking fat and healthy by the end of the season. All set for a good six months of hibernation.
As mentioned yesterday the behaviour of the orca varies day to day and is highly advanced. This whale is “spy hopping”. What the whale is basically doing is having a look at what is happening above the water line. Orca have advanced echolocation “sonar” abilities, which allows them to detect objects and animals underwater with pinpoint accuracy. They also like to check out what is happing above them as this orca is demonstrating.
This is a very close up view of a Humpback Whale fluke (tail). This particular whale is known as “Domino”. You can identify the whale by the unique shape and colorations on the backside of the fluke. Domino has been coming back to our area for several years and we look forward to seeing his return next spring.
This particular Grizzly Bear was seen on our river trip and utilized the same spot for several weeks. He was almost always there, although at times partially obscured by the large rocks at the bottom of the waterfall. This spot was, however productive as the Grizzly would wait for salmon to leap the small falls and intercept them before they make it to the top and to the safety of the deeper water. Patience is a virtue
On the coast the weather can at times be unpredictable. That being said in the summer and fall we are often very lucky with our weather and often do not get a lot of rain until October. Our waters are protected from the open ocean, so although it can get a bit choppy at times we do not receive the big swells that trigger seasickness. This is a beautiful evening in October (after the end of the season) watching a number of resident Orca move through Blackfish Sound, into Johnstone Strait.