My favorite little bear family. The small bear in the middle is the boisterous and timid female I told you guys about in an earlier post. On our final night in the Great Bear Rainforest, this familiar bear family came onto the lawn in front of our lodge to feed on grass. The bears were very calm, and all the guests at @tweedsmuirparklodge got a great pre-dinner show from the wonderful family. Eventually they moved on, back into the forest to make bed for the chilly Bella Coola evening.
Fishing Lessons. A young grizzly cub watches his mom as she pulls a still flopping salmon from the Atnarko River. This mom had two cubs, a male and a female. The female cub was extremely shy and apprehensive around people, and would often cry loudly when she was uncomfortable, which was almost always. @tweedsmuirparklodge
This huge male polar bear was more than a little curious about our vehicle while in Churchill. Standing on their hind legs, these bears can reach 12 ft tall, and the largest ones can weigh over 2,000 lbs!
On a chilly and rainy morning in the #GreatBearRainforest, a mother black bear carefully plucks a salmon from the river before quickly retreating back into the forest with her cub. Black bears are not often seen during the Fall when grizzlies are around, as grizzlies will attack them onsite. @tweedsmuirparklodge
The most exciting moment of our trip this week was when a young male grizzly attacked a female and her cub. Male grizzlies will attack and kill any cubs they encounter, in an attempt to free up the females to be able to mate again. The encounter lasted 30 minutes or more, with the mother chasing off the attacker, and the attacker chasing her back. The cub, pictured here, would run off, then stand up on his hind legs to watch his mom deal with the bully. Eventually the bears separated, the mom victorious, and the cub safe after learning a valuable lesson about standing up to bullies. @tweedsmuirparklodge
Our first bears of the trip! This mom and her two bebes appeared seconds after launching on our first drift of the trip, literally just after arriving at @tweedsmuirparklodge. There are more than two million pink salmon in the Atrnarko River right now, meaning so much bear food everywhere. Wish us luck today in finding more grizz!
Had a blast diving yesterday with the Huish Outdoors team up in #Vancouver! It was exactly what I remember about #PNW scuba diving; super rainy above water, super beautiful and otherworldly below. I was especially stoked to see the homie @maxwelhohn who I hadn't seen since my first #NorthwestWild adventure in 2015! It was also great to dive with @erindonnelly100 and @pjfalk, holding it down for the Huish fam. This photo is me diving above a small shipwreck covered in plumose anemones, which are common in the #pacificnorthwest but people go apeshit over in #California. Photo by the talented @maxwelhohn make sure and give him a follow.
Flying Fish Eggs. A giant female grizzly bear expertly squeezes the roe out of a female salmon on the banks of the Atnarko River. The bears prefer to eat the fattiest parts of the salmon, including the roe and the brains, often leaving the rest of the salmon behind.
I'm more than a little excited to be heading back to @tweedsmuirparklodge next week to see Baloo and the crew. This is my third visit to the #GreatBearRainforest and the first time I'm going in September, which I hear is the best time to visit. I'm bringing @morganmellen to see the bears with me, grrrr.