Chris & Helen Rose visited Knight Inlet Lodge in the middle of August this year and have been kind enough to share some of their photos with us. In my opinion they are some of the best we have seen in awhile. Thank you Chris & Helen.
“Spring has arrived and the lodge is open. Familiar furry faces are popping up everywhere and it’s shaping out to be a strong beginning to the season for us. We’ve been open for a week now and already we’ve had multiple bear sightings in the estuary and the other morning we were woken up early by the blows of transient orcas in the estuary. A small pod of four patrolled the cove twice in the day hopeful for the opportunity to feed on one of the many harbour seals and pacific white-sided dolphins that are abundant in the Inlet at this time of year. We had an excellent view of the whales before they gave up their search in the cove and made their way back out of the inlet.
We are pleased to announce that the moms and cubs are very strong at the moment. Lenora and her yearling cub Peanut have been regularily spotted in the estuary, and to our delight our famous white cub from last fall is out with her two siblings and impressive looking mother. One small subadult has also been sighted feeding on the protein-rich sedge that’s coming up quickly in the estuary.”
This story contributed by Jamie Scarrow, Knight Inlet Lodge Head Naturalist and professioanl photgrapher. To see some of Jamie’s photos
White grizzly cub video Hey all,
We’re just about to finish things up here in Glendale Cove for the bear season. It’s been a season of fantastic weather and the bears, dolphins and whales have been really spectacular. This area never disappoints.
Stealing the show in the September and October has been our local celebrity bear cub who is quite uniquely coloured. I’ve seen light cubs before but never one as uniformly creamy white as this one. It’s very common for new cubs to have whitish highlights, especially under the chin, chest and shoulders areas, but this cub is more cream than brown it seems. Really quite spectacular as you can see in the video (top left of article) I’ve attached. The mother of this one and his/her two siblings (we think it’s a her) has quite the reputation in the area as well. She is by far the most dominant one around at the moment and it’s usual to see all the others bears giving her a wide birth. She has a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention herself and that tends to make a bear a bit more aggressive.
Hopefully she’ll keep the cubs safe and bring them back next year for us to appreciate again.
It will be sad to say goodbye to the bears and staff of Knight Inlet Lodge as it always is. We had an amazing team of guides this season, our cooks were absolutely amazing, and our dock staff kept things ship-shape and entertaining. Every lodge needs a Kemshaw! Harold as always was the unsung, quiet hero — the man is responsible for so much around here. I’m looking forward to working with them all next season.
I’m off to the Antarctic next for my winter work, but will hopefully meet some of you blog readers next bear season at the lodge.
If you’d like you can keep up with my travels and check out some of my photography on my website. www.jamiescarrow.com.