If grizzly bears have a classic pose so do sea lions and Debbie Zygmunt has captured both: lying head down and sleeping or the up and alert lion pose. Steller sea lions are common in Johnstone Strait especially in an area close to Telegraph Cove known as Stubbs Island. As seen in the photos above and backed by “Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Adult females measure 2.3–2.9 m (7.5–9.5 ft) in length, with an average of 2.5 m (8.2 ft), and weigh 240–350 kg (530–770 lb), with an average of 263 kg (580 lb). Males continue to grow until their secondary sexual traits appear in their fifth to eighth year. Males are slightly longer than the females; they grow to about 2.82–3.25 m (9.3–10.7 ft) long, with an average of 3 m (9.8 ft). Males have much wider chests, necks and general forebody structure and weigh 450–1,120 kg (990–2,500 lb), with an average of 544 kg (1,200 lb).”
After August 25 we view the grizzly bears in Knight Inlet from elevated viewing platforms. This is usually an extremely productive spot and because of the platforms guests are often able to get reasonably close to the bears. On a 4 night trip we also explore another river system by truck and on foot. We stick together as a group and with a little work and strategy are often able to find these familiar Grizzlies feeding along the river. Platforms are great for viewing bears, but nothing compares with finding a bear on foot in a safe environment and viewing him at “his level”. The first picture shows a bear on the extra day trip (taken by Felix Rome) and the second is a bear underneath the Knight Inlet viewing platform.
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