Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grizzly Sighting

We have been out of communication for several days and enjoying the wilds of the Inside Passage. The scenery is spectacular with high mountains, shear granite cliffs and dazzling water.

A quiet voyage up Sargeaunt Passage heading for Tribune Channel provided a special treat - two grizzly bears having lunch at the Low Water Buffet (a popular dining venue in B.C.). One bear spooked but the second stayed for a photo shoot before ambling off. The two bears were identical in coloring and size and we estimated their weight in the 350 lb range. Perhaps they were young males looking for new territory or perhaps a mating pair. Locals told us that our sighting was quite unusual. We considered ourselves very fortunate to have the fun of watching the bears safely from the boat.

Grizzly Facts:

Males weigh 300 to 850 lbs while females are smaller at 2oo to 450 lbs.

Grizzly bear can run at 35mph.

Cubs wear 1 lb at birth and 20 lbs when they emerge from the den.

Grizzly bears live for 20 to 25 years.

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