The grizzly bears we view in the river mouths of Knight Inlet vary in colour from almost blonde to dark brown, which appears black. As the photo shows the most identifiable trait of a grizzly bear is the large hump on their shoulders, a powerful muscle they use to power their forelimbs through their daily routine. Grizzlies dig through the earth for wild rice and skunk cabbage bulbs, tear apart rotted logs in search of roots, insects, rodents, and other grubs as well as spend their days on the beach turning over rocks. Their massive hump is also the muscle powering them as they dig out winter dens, often in steep and rocky mountain terrain.
Most marine wildlife is curious but the key is to be sitting / drifting quietly. This viewing area has a fast tidal current that allows us to drift past a number (25 to 150) Steller sealions at a haulout on a small rocky island. The many young sea lions in the water will come and play around and under the boat and given time will approach quite close.
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