This young Grizzly Bear is standing in the river estuary likely looking for salmon. Tides play a huge roll in these shallow river estuaries. At high tide the water will be right up to the sedge grass in the background covering the area where the bear is standing. At this time the water is deeper and the salmon are able to pass through the lower river easily. When the tide is low the fish are much more exposed and bears will take advantage of this as they struggle up the shallow riffles.
Pacific white sided dolphins travel in groups that are between 50 to 200 but on occasion will reach numbers of up to 2,000. These dolphins can travel quickly reaching speeds of up to 45 kph (30 mph). They are acrobatic with airborne flips and leaps can reach extreme heights. Like all dolphins they like to ride the bow wave of a boat and stick their nose into the prop wash. The best way to obtain a good photo is to spend twenty of thirty minutes in their presence and constantly take pictures and to hope there are some goods ones when you do your editing in the evening back at the lodge. All our day trips whether to the grizzly bears, whale watching or Trapper Rick’s often encounter pods of white sided dolphins.
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