Grizzlies

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Grizzly Bears in Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada.

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When we finally arrived far up Knight Inlet at the Glendale Spawning Channel via a 1 1/2 hour boat ride from Knight Inlet Lodge on Minstrel Island, then a short van ride to where the grizzlies should be, we were not disappointed.
We saw about a dozen or so Grizzlies playing and catching salmon. There was one mother bear there with her 3 cubs and all the other bears were keeping a clear berth of her.

The bears found it easier to catch the fish near the shallows where the salmon would need to jump out of the water to get upstream.
The bears found it easier to catch the fish near the shallows where the salmon would need to jump out of the water to get upstream.

Grizzly bear stare with bloody lips. Probably salmon.
This one is just letting me know it knows I'm there.  Look away Frank. That ain't lipstick he's wearing.

Along the way we saw this black bear on the shore.
Along the way we saw this black bear on the shore.

Once caught it would take about 10 minutes to eat a good size salmon.
Once caught it would take about 10 minutes to eat a good size salmon.

Grizzly looking up
I'm not really sure what this bear was looking at. Maybe he was trying to smell something.

Here is the garb we wore on the boat to take us up Knight Inlet to the bears. Only 4 of us were on the boat along with our host John Reid, who ran the comfortable Knights Inlet Lodge on Minstrel Island.
Here is the garb we wore on the boat to take us up Knight Inlet to the bears. Only 4 of us were on the boat along with our host John Reid.

These salmon were trying to get upstream right where the bears congregated
Salmon were trying to get upstream right where the bears congregated.

The 3 bears. The three bears
The 3 bears. These bear cubs were never far from their mother.

The gorgeous view at the bend of Knight Inlet near the bears.
The gorgeous view at the bend of Knight Inlet near the bears.

Grizzly on trail
This bear came up on the path between where we were and our van.
Fortunately, we were somewhat protected by a raised platform.

Grizzly fight
There was a lot of growling. The bear on the left is the cub's mother. The other eventually backed down and walked away, avoiding eye contact with her.

Grizzly catching fish - salmon
Here the bear just caught one of the many it would eat this day.

The Caribbean-like blue water comes from the seasonal melting of the glacier further up Knight Inlet. Klinaklini Icefield (Silverthrone Glacier)
The Caribbean-like blue water comes from the seasonal melting of the glacier further up Knight Inlet.
Klinaklini Icefield (Silverthrone Glacier)
As you travel closer to the glacier, the amount of fresh water increases and the blue gets paler.

 

Grizzly bears can be an extreme hazard

Check out the Orcas (Killer Whales) we saw the next day >>

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