Guest first evening in the lodge normally means a local area tour to find black bears. The hour plus boat ride lets guests get comfortable with the boats and guides as well as a chance to see some wildlife such as harbour seals, eagles, black bear and learn a little history of the surrounding area. At certain times of the season the hardest animal to find is the black bear. This is late July and early August when all the berries are ripe and bears are less likely to come to the beach looking for food. This photo is in the spring as the cubs are still quite small. Triplets are not very common for black bears but more so for grizzly bears.
Dolphins playing on tour
Pacific white-sided dolphins have a “good” habit of enjoying playing with a boat. Slowing a boat to 7 or 8 mph seems to provide a reason for this change in behaviour. The dolphins will pace the boat, nose into the prop wash of the motor and even ride the bow wave. They will often play for fifteen or twenty minutes then abruptly stop and go their way, This is the signal they have had enough and it is time to hunt for food.
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