This mother grizzly bear and her three cubs were a common site on the Glendale River this fall. There is a finger of land that connects the two viewing stands used by the lodge and the bears also use this as they travel to various parts of the river to catch and eat the salmon. The view from the stands provide many opportunities for excellent photos.
Steller sea lions use land habitat as haul-out sites for periods of rest, molting, and as rookeries for mating and pupping during the breeding season. In this case it is a resting area as they migrate along the coast spending part of their spring and fall in the area where we watch whales. Steller sea lions have been known to migrate large distances (>400 nm) but it is presumed their routes remain coastal. They are solitary hunters but are often seen small groups, but may gather in large “rafts” at the surface near rookeries and haul outs. The haul-pouts are a noisy area as they are capable of powerful vocalizations that are accompanied by a vertical head bobbing motion by males.