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Bear Watching

May 5 2019

Bear watching often means an early morning departure, today it was well worth it because we found this sow and her two very young cubs.

Black bear sow and cubs
Black Bear sow and cubs

Bear watching is best with a low tide, it is possible to see black bears foraging along the shore for crab, oysters, grubs and in the spring tender grass shoots.

Black bear cubs
Black bear cubs
Bear cubs playing
Bear cubs playing
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California & Steller Sea Lions

June 4 2018

California ia Sea Lion
California Sea Lions

How to Identify California sea lions: California sea lions are smaller than Steller’s and are members of the eared seal family. Mature males have dark brown fur, mature females and immature males have light yellowish to tan fur and have a bump or ball cap on their head.                                                                                                                            

Fun Facts:

*A male can weigh 200-400 kg (441-882 lbs) and is 2-2.5 meters long (6.5-8 ft)

*A female can weigh 50-110 kg (110-243 lbs) and is 1.5-2 meters long (5-6.6 ft)

* A baby or pup can weigh at birth 6 kg (13 lbs) and is 75 cm long (30 in)

Steller Sea Lions

How to identify Steller sea lions: Steller sea lions are the largest member of the eared seal family. They are tan to golden brown in colour and darken to chocolate brown on their flippers and underside. Males develop a thick neck mane as they mature.

Fun Facts:   

*A male can weigh 450-1,120 kg (990-2,470 lbs) and is 2.82-3.25 meters long (9.3-10.7 ft)

*A female can weigh 240-350 kg (530-770 lbs) and is 2.3-2.9 meters long (7.5-9.5 ft)

*A baby or pup can weigh at birth 23 kg (51 lbs) males are bigger than females.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Female Steller Sea Lion
Male Steller Sea Lion
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April 3 2018

Today was an eye opener for me, as a partner in this company I deal with office operations, photo editing, answering the phone, you know the  routine stuff.  I had the opportunity to go on a whale wildlife tour as the photographer, with my partner and 4 guests. Wow! So much respect for the profession.  Imagine what your guide has to deal with on a tour, knowledgable in  wildlife, history of the area, operating the boat, finding wildlife, answering many questions, ensuring guests are comfortable and safe, maintaining your required tickets to run a boat, take photo’s if there is an opportunity and run the boat safely while bobbing in the ocean swells!  There have been many occasions when my partner has returned from a spectacular tour full of incredible sightings but no photo’s.  Taking photo’s is no easy task while bobbing in the swells, I took over 300 and only half a dozen are worth keeping.   Kudos to all  Guides.

California sea lion.

Beach carnage, a bald eagle snacking on a sea lion carcass.

Steller sea lions hanging out on Mara Rock.

Bald eagle fledgling coming in for a landing.

The elusive Kingfisher.

 

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July 11

While whale watching in Ucluelet today it was near the end of the tour when after much searching we found a humpback whale. Not only did we find a humpback, but a black bear was cruising the shore in the harbour.  Join Beachcomber Ocean Tours for your whale watching experience you won’t be disappointed. Call 250 726-8921 to make your reservation.

Stellar Sea Lions

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Humpback Whale

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Black Bear

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                                                    Black Bear

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