Spending the hours we do in the boat on our tours from the lodge we frequently see bald eagles on the shore eating their catch. In this case the catch is a pink salmon we saw it pick from the water a few minutes earlier. Until the salmon arrive in the rivers the eagles are more concentrated in the Johnstone Strait area where there is an abundance of herring which are a little easier to catch than salmon. If you have time to Google “Eagle Myths – State of Alaska” you will find one of the best article I have read on a bald eagles lifting powers “Eagle Flight and Other Myths Eagles Don’t Eat Children or Pets By Riley Woodford”. Short version: “best estimates put the lifting power of an eagle at four or five pounds.” The full article is definitely worth the time.
Steller sealions migrate along the coast of British Columbia in the summer, going north in the spring and returning in the fall. Several dozen large males have started to stay with in our viewing area all summer due to the abundance of food. Singapore’s Luwen and Liwen took this photo of a branded Sealion in late September. It was on a small island in Johnstone Strait near Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island.
The western (Pacific Ocean) stock of Steller sealions is listed as endangered. In 2000 researchers begin branding and marking Steller sea lion pups throughout their range as a means to help estimate future population. The number 322R means this Sealion was branded on the Southern coast of Oregon at Rogue Reef in 2003 with 190 other Steller sealions.
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