Bear on the beach!
A humpback was cruising around at the mouth of Knight Inlet this morning, and a group of orca met us a little way up the inlet—with a baby in their midst! Lots of fork-tailed storm-petrels were skimming the water. We’ve not identified them before; we’re not sure if we haven’t seen them in previous years or just been oblivious. We went up Knight to Minstrel Island, made the turn into Chatham Channel with the current running with us and went down Chatham and into Port Harvey. We anchored at the edge of the shallows at the head of the bay and were just finishing up our lunch when Ron noticed movement on the beach—a black bear was flipping rocks and foraging along the water’s edge. We were a long way from the beach because it’s so shallow there, so Ron grabbed the camera and jumped into the dinghy to try to get near enough for a clear photo. He managed to get reasonably close without the bear noticing him, so we now have some nice black bear images.