The spring and early summer Grizzly Bear tours from our lodge on Minstrel Island find the bears along the shore of Knight Inlet. The early spring grizzlies are not as fat as the fall bears and occasionally show sign of the time in the den. Notice mom’s back and hind leg and the rubbed off fur. It is also obvious that this is a nursing bear but the cubs learn at an early age to turn rocks and to supplement mom’s milk. The tour leaves the lodge about 8:00 and we start looking for bears immediately. Normally black bears for the first half of the boat ride and then grizzly bears once we are closer to the Glendale River estuary which is about 25 kilometers up the Knight Inlet from the lodge.
This is a little more graceful looking than yesterday’s post especially when it is coming toward the boat. The dorsal fin of a male killer whale is proportionately larger than that of a female. In adult males, the dorsal fin is tall and triangular. Reaching a height of up to 1.8 m (6 ft.) in a large adult male, it is the tallest dorsal fin of all cetaceans. And this photo is a good example of a large male.