Buy Grizzly Bears of Glendale Cove DVD online


Click on link below to preview/buy this amazing documentary by Tide Rip Tours & Northern Lights film production:

http://www.northernlightsfilm.ca/Grizzly_DVD.html

Tide Rip Grizzly Tours on Facebook

Check out Tide Rip Tours new Facebook page by signing in to your Facebook account, copying and pasting the address below and pasting it to your address bar:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Telegraph-Cove-BC/Tide-Rip-Grizzly-Tours/274976192503

Pictures from all years.

Like the page or
become a friend of Tide Rip Grizzly Tours on Facebook by copying the address below when signed in to your facebook page and pasting it into your address bar:


http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000671145962

Tide Rip tours new Grizzly Expedition video released!




Tide Rip Grizzly Expedition video was filmed and edited by Klaus Gertzmacher and his company, Northern Lights film production with extra footage by Lindsey Pattinson of Tide Rip. The voice work is done by Mark Theobald, aka Mark "Mj" Jeffries, Ubervoice.com.

Thank you Klaus for your great work on this!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=KogBOknK8uw

and Happy New Year to all!

Tide Rip team
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

White cub video

In late September and October we saw...

A mother with three cubs of the year. One of them was white. Here is a video from one of the tours which were lucky enough to see it.

Lindsey

BEARS:
grizzly bears
black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320 video

August 24th Grizzly Expedition








Today we saw… what seemed to be a log in the water but one excited sound from our Italian friend Rafael and we realized we were witnessing a northern elephant seal gulping down a mud shark. Upon arrival Lenore with her cub of the year were turning rocks and traveling along the shore. There has been some oxygen depletion from an overabundance of a bunch of salmon in the river at once. A few have died and floated down the river where we observed a young female eat the carcasses after lunch. I heard a family of cedar waxwings near the forest. Other birds included murre, shearwater, rhinocerus auklets, blue herons, bald eagles, and bonaparte, mew, gulls.

BEARS:
grizzly bears
black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

August 3 2009 Grizzly Tour



Today we drove right past a blond-brown stump, we couldn't see for sure because of the distance. We turned around to check with binoculars, and the stump had moved. As we got closer we realized it was a grizzly bear, and as we poked our hull into the shallows, we saw her cub-of-the-year hiding, or playing behind a log. A strong west wind made it difficult to safely get close to the shallow shore, but we set the anchor, it held in the wind in 2 mteres of water. With binoculars our guests got a good peak. The cub lay on its back and pumped 4 feet in the air, perhaps playing with the deer flys, or just rolling around for a back scratch. After Mom had grazed along the grassy beach, and the cub scrambled to catch up and they faded off into the forest. A great sighting in a difficult wind.
Once in the cove we immediately spotted a bigger female along the beach. We loaded into our flat bottom super-skiff and Derek managed to drift along side her as she investigated rocks and logs, munched on grass, and generally posed for pictures. We want the thank her for turning to both sides.
Everyone is waiting for salmon. The hoped for masses of fish have not arrived. 15 million fry went to sea, surely 2% will return. No one knows. Meanwhile the bears munch on grass, roll rocks for eels and gingerly (joke) pick berries. Actually when they eat elderberries, they pull the whole trees down.



BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Big Fella wants to Mate






We had a nice day for it with blue skies and calm seas to and from the bears. A few unusual things happened, starting with a school of about 20 harbour porpoises in Clio Channel. We mostly see them in smaller groups or alone so we stopped to see if we could try our hand at getting pictures. They still were very shy but I managed to get one shot. In Knight inlet we were pleased to come a across a school of about 50 dolphins that began wake riding our stern wave. They haven't been around for a week so it was a pleasure to see them again. Upon entering we had our binoculars out scanning the beaches and found two close to our float... The two bears were close together and not just touching but one on top of the other doing what makes grizzly babies... We managed to change to our estuary skiff, approach to a reasonable distance and observe the courtship unfold. The female Dmight have been a little shy with us there so we moved off to watch a black bear. After lunch we watched two sub adult females who seem to be hanging around each other. On the way back we spotted the dolphins again and oh yeah... I forgot to mention a black bear mom and yearling cubs on the way up in the morning. Great day!
BEARS:
grizzly bears 4
black bears 3

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals 12
harbour porpoise 20
dolphins 50
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

June 6 Dancing group Grizzly Tour







...just wanted to say how much Jim and I enjoyed our Grizzly Bear watching experience on Saturday.


We were in Lindsay's boat and were amazed at how informative, entertaining and hard working he was all through the day. He was amazing!


And so were the bears - all 8 of them including mom's and cubs, and a big old boy bear arrived right on time for our viewing pleasure. Can't get over what a terrific experience it was.
Thanks again!
Marilynn
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

May 22 2009 Trip



Today we saw Lenore again with her new cub of the year, they have moved into the cove and are hanging out in cedar tree bay. Also another small teenager poked its nose out of the Indian village point, somthing seemed to be chasing it from inside the bush. But after our delicious lunch on the float, another Mom grizzly with a yearling cub came out along the grass beach. Wow, 5 grizzly bears are out and eating spring munchies!

BEARS:
5 grizzly bears
4 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets


MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

2009 May's first tour


Today we saw bumped into 30 Pacific White sided dolphins on the way up the inlet, also some beautiful black bears. But after sitting in the grizzly bear hot spot for 4 hours and no bears, we wondered if the cool spring weather was keeping most bears in hibernation. Finally we decided that it was low tide, so let's have a look around the conrner at a great low tide beach. Somebody spotted a brown bump. As we got closer we realized it was Lenore, our favourite female who hangs around low tide beaches, rolling rocks for eels. Then beside her popped out a 3 month old cub of the year!

BEARS:
2 grizzly bears
8 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Three wolves howling in the woods

We were a little late on departure, we don't like driving the boat in the dark as this time of the year Jo0hnstone Straits is full of big kelp islands and driftwood. Just past Cracroft Point three wolves were out on the low tide beach. I was surprised at their long legs, gingerly picking their way along the steep rocks. We stopped the boat, and they quietly faded into the woods. But the leader started to howl, with a low aooohoo and then a throaty barking growl. Our guests from the UK and New Zealand were thrilled. Me too. The barking growl did not sound friendly, I surmised that she wanted us gone, it was low tide breakfast time and the wolves wanted to beach to themselves. We carried on to the grizzlies...

When we got to the viewing stands right away we witnessed a grizzly catch a salmon; but a bigger bear came over and wanted the fish too. So each time the younger bear managed to catch a fish, it would head off into the bush to eat. The bears roamed back and forth, licking fish eggs amongst the rocks, trying a piece of discarded fish gill here, chasing a spawned-out salmon there. We saw about 6 grizzly bears, their fur coats have thickened for the long sleep in the snows of winter.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets changing to winter plumage
murres in winter plumage
Bonepart gulls, glucous-winged gulls
Surf scoters, cormorants, pigeon guillimots

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
Dall's porpoises afar
6 humpback whales
sea lions big and fat
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Oct 8 Grizzly Bonanza

Today we saw 14+ grizzly bears chasing fish on the spawning grounds. In October we run out of visitors in the best time to see grizzly bears eating salmon. But the weather gets wild, and the bears are soon off to hibernate. Time for us to put the boats to bed and head south...



BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:

Humpback whale
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Sept 23 Grizzly trip

Dear Tide Rip Tours,

Today two weeks ago my younger brother Erik and myself made this incredible trip with you guys (Lindsey and Derek) and we really LOVED it!
Even though for you guys it seemed a pretty quiet time of the year this season we saw several grizzly bears roaming around and we had the time of our life!:-)

I'd like to give you the link to my website so you can see my visual report of that day, Tuesday Sept. 23rd 2008.

Let me know what you think, if possible!

Thanks in advance!:-)

-Menno
www.mennoalberts.nl/grizzlies

=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Good day in Knight Inlet

In a year of low fish returns we still manage to have a good day viewing a few bears. We arrived at the stands to see a Mom with c-o-y "Pinokio". Pinokio is a long snotted female cub who waits for Mom to catch a fish, or scratch up a carcass off the stream bottom, then she dives in for her share. Mom snares and batts her to keep it all, and snaps, "Get your own!". They wander up and down the stream, while another 2 bears come by to check out the hot spots. At a distance a beautifully coloured handsome male comes along the river, and dives into a small school of salmon, trying to chase fish up onto the gravel bar. The fish scatter into the shelter of a log jam. So handsome bear sits down and eyes the shadows, waiting for the salmon to relax and move out onto the spawning gravel. The bears head waves back and forth. Suddenly he jumps and and pounces! No luck, not enough fish to create panic, they recede back under the log jam. Handsome bear sits down again; our video cameras have captured some great action. On the way out in the bus someone in the back shouts, "Bear in the channel to the right". It's a big badass male, sulking along under the branches over hanging the channel edge. We open the van door so Mike from Victoria who has a bazooka lens can make the most of it. He gets a great shot of sulky bear with huge claws... Later everyone gives him their email addresses, hoping for a copy of his best shots.

BEARS:
5 grizzly bears
3 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
flock of snow geese heading east
Bonepart gull
surf and white winged scoters

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise

=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

In the Absnce of Salmon...

Pink salmon returns to the Glendale River system in Knight Inlet are very low this fall maybe 12,000 fish. In the absence of salmon, the grizzly bears have moved down river to roto-root for angelica (rice root) and starchy bulbs in the estuary. The odd bear is staring into the river, wondering where the fish are. We did see an eagle catching a fish, dragging it up onto the gravel bar and dispatching it entirely in 15 minutes, leaving nothing for the bear who eventually smelt the fish and came down to investigate. The sedge, in the estuary, is a good summer source of vegetable protein for grizzly bears, however, at this time of year the sedge is turning brown and drying off. As of now, the bears are only eating the sedge right at the water's edge, where it is still green. The sedge will soon lose it’s nutritional value as it dies off over the harsh inlet winter. Most of the bear scat along the river and road shows purple. The salal berry is ripe. Despite the 9 days of rain in late August the salal berry is the grizzly bears best bet for quickly adding sugars. Most of the black bears we see as we run up & down the inlet are up above the high tide line eating salal.

In the absence of salmon, Lenore (aka "Roll") our favourite female who was impregnated in early June, and perhaps again in late August, will reabsorb her fertile embryos. Her body will sense that she has not enough fat on to support her cubs. No one really knows if female grizzly bears reabsorb the unsupportable embryos, or if they slough them off as in a miscarriage. But next spring we will not see Lenore with cubs-of-the-year. Without salmon in the coastal streams, cubs will not be born next spring.

In the absence of salmon, this year’s cubs are getting eaten. Large males attack the Mom’s with cubs-of-the-year. If the family group runs, the last cub in line gets killed. If the mom has is willing and able to stand and defend her cubs, then the male may back off. In early September a Mom with 3 cubs-of-the-year lost 2 cubs in a week.

In the absence of salmon, the wolves return to chasing deer. We witnessed a wolf tearing out the hind flank of a racked male deer. Two grizzly bears took over the chase, but the deer managed to outfox the bears for most of the day, hiding behind large beach boulders, and darting off as the bears followed the trail of blood. In the absence of salmon, the harbour seals back out of the river estuary and turn to eating Pollock. The inlet hake rise to the surface at night, then the seals feast. Hake is not a fatty fish, but good enough to get by on. In the absence of salmon, the coastal forests along the river do not get their annual shot of nitrogen. Wild salmon are a huge gift to the forests. Imagine a tiny pink salmon fry emerging from the river gravel, floating down stream to enter the estuary, some to be eaten by kingfishers, mergansers, bigger coho fry and spring salmon smolts. Then the pink swims all the way to the Aleutians, growing to 2 kgs, eating krill and shrimp spawn and then returns to our coast and says “Eat me and spread my carcass in your forests.” It is a huge gift to us. It is a very high thought for one creature to give it’s flesh to feed another.

In the absence of salmon, what can be done? The Glendale Spawning Channel restoration work carried out by Blake Coverington, a do-the-right-thing kind of guy and John Dawson of the “Astral Star” in July 2007 will help the 2007 pink run and subsequent years. This summer the DFO and Knight Inlet Lodge improved the entrance to the spawning channel. They placed logs to deepen the jump pool at the mouth and added sluices to ease the adult salmon entering the channel. The grizzly bears will have a harder time catching fish at the weir entrance, a good thing given the low returns. Also the water intake valve at the lake was rebuilt, so that more water can be run through the channel. For the few eggs that will be deposited, the channel will be in good shape. As the pink fry swim out the inlet, we wonder if they will survive the gauntlet of sea lice on the fish farms. Will they be attracted to the night lights on the sea farms and get eaten?

Today we saw 6 grizzly bears in great settings. On the way up to Knight Inlet we saw
3 black bears.


=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

SE Blow and rain...

Today we got stuck in the middle of the grizzly bear action. Lenore chased the twins off her favorite grazing area. A big male came out; Lenore went to the male and they mated! (in August?!). The big male stood up when he realized we were watching, and ran off into the trees. Lenore ran after him....
She also mated in June, so will she have cubs from 2 different males, with different size and colours next spring? Impregnated female grizzlies have delayed implantation of the fertilized embryos. The embryos inplant in October if the female has enough fat layered on to get though the winter. There is a good fishing season coming up with 50,000 pinks in the river system, Lenore will get her share.
Despite the SE wind blowing us home , we had a great adventure.

BEARS:
3 good black bear sightings along the inlet.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
great blue herons

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise

=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Pink salmon avalanche.

This week's rain (mostly at night, thank God) triggered the 40 to 50,000 pink salmon holding in the crab-pot cove to rush up into the river system. We positioned the viewing skiffs up the north side channel, so as not to effect the bears fishing, and watched the awesome action. One, two, three grizzly bears charging around chasing fish, standing up to see where the fish are, and pouncing on a slippery, slithering salmon who doesn't want to be dinner. One guest reported he got a picture with 3 grizzly bears in front, 3 bald eagles, then 3 black-tail deer behind! A wolf was spotted sulking around the forest edge.
Our Sept rain has started early this year. But it is estential to allow the salmon to move well up the river, to clean and flush out the gravel. Salmon eggs need clean gravel fed with clear water. The Glendale River system has 2 lakes which sponge up the November deluges and holds back the flash floods, so the egg to fry survival rate is good.


The black bears are out eating salal berries on the inlet beaches, well up from the usual beach barnacles.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles waiting for fish scrapes. A bald eagle dived down to grab a salmon, but when he landed it on a gravel bar and started to rip it apart, and grizzly bear smelt dinner and chased off the eagle.

Surf scoters
marbled murrelets
belted kingfishers

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Thank you for a great trip

Looking at all the great reviews you got so far, you probably don't need
another one. Anyways, it was a very wonderful experience being on the
grizzly tour on August 3rd. Having participated in quite a few bear tours in
Canada, there are only 2 trips worth mentioning. Yours was the best so far.
It was a wonderful experience being able to watch all these bears at such
close distance with a very knowledgeable guide. We recommend this tour to
anyone who really wants to see the bears and not just the nice pictures in a
promising brochure. This tour makes the trip to Telegraph Cove even more
worth the while.

Daniela and Peter Zimmermann, Switzerland

Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Another remarkable day in Knight Inlet

Today the tide was not low enough to create a low tide rapid, so the grizzly bears moved to the water's edge to mow sedge grass. The sedge close to the boat is the most succulent, washed by tide twice a day. So we hang out quietly and watch the gang munch.
Also today was a sad reminder that 50% of grizzly cubs do not survive their first year. As new bears from other inlets smell the salmon and arrive to get their share, the cubs of the year take a beating. The Mom's have to be willing to defend them from aggressive males; too often the family group runs, and the last cub in line gets hit and killed by a male. The Mom with 3 cubs of the year lost all 3 cubs during this week. A rough life.

Amazing black bear sightings, as these last few days have not been good low tides in the morning. Mom's with cubs seem to be coming out of the berry patches and eating mid tide seaweed! We expect low morning tides Aug 14 to 19 for more great black bear sightings.

BIRDS:
Numerous bald eagles waiting for fish scraps from grizzly bear dinners.


MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Salmon trickle into Knight Inlet

After a couple of difficult days with a Dept of Fisheries jetboat, then a large male from another inlet upsetting our local bears, the smell of fish in the air has brought everyone back to the dinner table. In the low tide rapids at the river mouth Sarah and her cub, Lenore, Bandido, and the gang are taking turns charging around the shallow river braid, poucing on pink salmon. The salmon are coming in a slow tickle, making a run up the shallow rapids, heading for the spawning gravels further upstream. With hard pulling and a little patience we can get our flat bottom skiffs up into good viewing spots. The eagles swoop down to fish, or sit on a snag until a bear catches the fish then get the scraps. A great West Coast adventure!



For several days we had a black bear right in from our float as we departed from Telegraph Cove. Then off to the grizzlies....

BIRDS:
Numerous bald eagles strung out along the route up Knight Inlet fishing for salmon. The eagles wait until slack water. When the salmon rise to the surface, then the eagle pounces.
rhinoceros auklets in the tide rips at Cracroft Point.
marbled murrelets with their chicks are out in Knight Inlet, diving for salmon fry.
Mew gulls on the river flats.
Bonepart gulls with their black dots behind the eye.

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals on Negro Rock, off Sambo Point.
harbour porpoises in Cilo Channel, you can see their breathes in the morning calm.
dolphins, in pair, swimming along.
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

difficult July 27 sightings

Today we saw…

BEARS:
Grizzly bears can be a little hard to find on our diffcult July tides (half moon), as the berries are ripe and the sedge grass is deep. But we manged to see 2 ears sticking up above the sedge as we moved up into the river. Mom was asleep with her cub by her side. We waited. And waited. One boat got impatient and started to motor away. Mom popped up to look around. She kept looking over her shoulder across the estuary, why I don't know. But in the next hour she swam across in front of us, played with her cub, chased around, ate grass, stood up for a better view of us. We pushed our boat around the waterways quietly, we were thrilled to be this close to a real west coast grizzly bear.
black bears - none, just a quick glimps, half moon tides are poor black bear tides as the tide is high in the morning when they are hungry.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
marbled murrelets
Merganzer with 9 chicks
belted Kingfisher

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins surfing in a SE blow
Indian pictographs
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

A few Salmon at the river mouth!

Today we saw 5 Grizzly Bears, spread out around the cove. . First we saw a Mom with cub-of-year rolling rocks at the water's edge. Then we noticed another female grizzly doing the same further down the beach. A pink salmon was jumping in the river mouth, and an American Bald eagle swooped down and grabbed it with its talons. While we were eating lunch we saw the twins at the river mouth. We had our mouths full of sandwiches when the twins starting chasing salmon in the low tide rapids. By the time we got there the twins had faded into the forest with their catch. 3 black tail deer came really close to the boat, perhaps using us as defense from the bears. Lenore munched away on the sedge grass, ignoring the fish and deer. A great day!

BEARS:

Mom with little cub black bear on the way up Knight Inlet. Derek's boat saw a wolf at Cracroft Point, staring out of the forest.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles, one swooped down the catch a pink salmon.
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Dolphin twins somersault!

July 14. As we entered Knight Inlet, we were treated to a fantastic dolphin show. A couple of twins were doing airels, jumping at the same time, somersaulting backwards into the aqua-green glacial waters. A whole bunch were riding the boat bow wave, their short breath splash wetting the windscreen. Another bunch rode the stern waves, some right behind the boat, switching with the bow wave riders. All this as we surfed along towards the grizzly bear cove.
When we pulled into the Grizzly Bear hotspot, Lindsey spotted our favorite two right at the river mouth in the sedge. We loaded into the viewing skiffs and watched them wrestle for a while. But Derek with his 20/20 + vision spotted the Mom with a single cub-of-the-year away out on the cedar tree point, her brown fur totally blended in with the seaweed rocks. So not believing that he had spotted anything, we motored all the way out there to be delighted with the grizzly Mom with her 5 month cub rolling rocks for eels.
Then we wandered back to the river mouth, and low and behold Big Bertha just then came out off the Indian village bush with her 3 really small cubs! Wow! The little cubs walked along logs, climbed over each other, but generally hung close to big Mom.
At lunch on the float Lenore came out right beside us to much on grass and rolls rocks along the water's edge. What a show!.

BEARS:
9 Grizzly Bears.
2 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphin show extrordinaire!
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

Oops, Mom has 3 cubs...

On the trip yesterday the Full Moon tide is approaching, so we can get closer up the estuary. The Mom with 2 new cubs turns out to have 3 cubs-of-the-year (coys in bear speak). We hung out with them for 40 minutes or so. The cubs stayed close to Mom, who seems very OK with us around. She has the same colour as Big Bertha, the mother of Panda (1999, 2000) and Sargeant Milton (2002, 2003), hard to be sure. But Knight Inlet is full of delightful surprises. Even our guides Lindsey and Derek are impressed. The Full Moon approaches, with good morning grizzly bear tides coming up!

BEARS:
8 grizzly bears
black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

New Mom with 2 cubs-of-the-year in Knight Inlet!

Today the West wind blew all day, but the 1/2 moon tides are weak, so Knight Inlet was bearable. We arrived in Knight Inlet a little late, but right away spotted a couple of grizzly bears. As we motored around in a big flat bottom skiff, we realized that there were grizzly bears all over the place, it is easy to spot their blond fur against the green sedge grass. Some bears were close to the waters edge. A new Mom with 2 small cubs born in February was spotted in the distance. We had a great lunch out in the sunshine, blue sky and wonderful mountains of Knight Inlet. But what a bumpy ride home.

BEARS:
9 grizzly bears
1 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles, osprey fishing
3 rhinoceros auklets
a few marbled murrelets, too rough to spot them
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
dolphins surfing the stern waves
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

July 6 grizzly trip

Today we arrived to find a 7 year female rolling rocks on the beach in from our float, everyone just stood on the float in awe of a grizzly bear having breakfast so close. As she moved around the point we loaded into the big skiff and quietly motored over to the cedar tree point to find Sarah and her 4 month cub also rolling beach rocks, the tide was perfect for eels and isopods. We watched the cub imatate Mom by rolling the small rocks. Behind us across the bay a black bear came out, so we moved over there to watch the black bear eat barnacles from under a hanging log. We continued towards the estuary where we witnessed an osprey fishing, and diving for flounders. We spotted 3 more grizzly bears in the back of the estuary but the tide was too low to allow a good look. After lunch on the float the tide started to rise, so we loaded into 2 big skiffs, to spread out the load, and managed to get up the river mud flats as far as the Indian village point, we could see the old fish weir sticks poking out of the river bank where the First Nations people trapped their salmon in the fall. A small group of 3 black tail coastal mule deer shared the scene with 3 grizzly bears, a true West Coast experience!
BEARS:

2 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Mew gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins scattered
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

July 5th

Today we saw…
7 grizzly bears
(mom with her cub of 4 months)
6 black bears
few harbour porpoises
marbled murrelets
numerous bald eagles

BEARS:
grizzly bears
black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

July 1 Grizzly Report

Today we saw…

BEARS:
6 grizzly bears! When we arrived at the cove, a female grizzly "Lenore" was quite close to the float, munching along the beach grass. Further along the beach a "Shaggy bear" was mowing down her share of sedge, ripping off the succulent tips, and keeping a wary eye on Lenore. We watched Shaggy until we realized that a couple of teenagers were at the river mouth, bears were everywhere! After a splendid lunch in the grandeur of Knight Inlet, a Mom with cub-of-the-year came out on the cedar tree point. This was the high light of the day, the little cub played with sticks, rolled on his (her?) back, ran along logs, chased Mom.

4 black bears. First we bumped into a medium sized black bear eating chitons at a very low tide. As we watched her flip rocks to find another orange-footed gumboot chiton, we realized she had one tiny cub! Then another cub came out of hiding from the overhanging forest! These cubs were born in February, very cute.
Later we stopped by a big male black bear who rolled beach logs and seaweed covered rocks. We counted about 4 more black bears on the way up inlet to the grizzly bears.

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
merganzers, chicks, adults
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals, Dalh's porpoises,
harbour porpoise
dolphins. We slowed down for the dolphins, which surfed along in the stern waves.
=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320

June 26

Today we saw…

BEARS:
6 grizzly bears
4 black bears

BIRDS:
numerous bald eagles
rhinoceros auklets
marbled murrelets
Caspian terns
Bonepart gulls

MARINE MAMMALS:
harbour seals
harbour porpoise
dolphins riding stern wave

=========================
Grizzly bear viewing report from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, Telegraph Cove, British Columbia.
Reserve your grizzly bear trip now!
Call us now toll free: 1-888-643-9319
Overseas phone us at: 011-250-339-5320