Whale watching safaris from the lodge this summer saw allot of activity from the humpback whales. Most days there were more than a dozen whales in the area of Bold Head on Blackfish Sound which is adjacent to Johnstone Strait and Vancouver Island on BC’s coast. There were two families of mother and calf in the area and the calves were very active. In this photo the calf was quite close and spent time throwing it’s back half of its body sideways out of the water. It would come up with it’s upper body part way out of the water and then throw it’s back half up and to the side. This was a repeat performance going on for the better part of five minutes with a rest and then trying again. From my searching scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behaviour serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun.
This photo was taken on August 23rd just two days before our grizzly bear tours are permitted to use the viewing stands on the Glendale River. This grizzly was in the river’s estuary and the guests were in the large skiff used to move up and down the river. The bear was approaching the river and eventually swam across to follow the salmon up river. The grass is at least a meter (three feet) high so this is not a small bear and the stare from the bear means we were within its comfort zone so we drifted down river to let it pass.
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