In the spring grizzly bears are on the beaches to turnover rocks. This inter-tidal zone “food” is high in protein and is made up of crab, clams, barnacles, amphipods and other tiny invertebrates. The “beach food” is important because the numerous berries (huckle berries, salmon berries, black berries, thimble berries, salal berries etc.) do not become ripe until late spring and summer. This is a common pose for the grizzlies as they roll rocks, as rock roll easier down hill and were are in a boat on the down hill side of the bears. Also the bears accept our presence and any concern (fear) they have comes from up the beach where larger bears may approach out of the bush or forest.
If time permits while you are whale watching and if there is a shortage of suitable food back at the lodge your guide may jig up a few bottom fish to feed the camp eagles. The guest reaction to the fact that I must “knock” the fish on the head is often a mixed response. As much as they want to see an eagle fed there is a certain amount of sympathy for the fish. Karen and Martin visiting from the UK provided this photo.Visit our Blog