Playing on the beach

The chase is on - 2013 © Christopher Martin

From the deck of the sailboat that was home in the Khutzeymateen we spotted a mother and cub padding through the deep sedge grass during low tide.  With the full moon, the change between high and low tides was over seven metres.  The salmon that have spawned up the creeks, are little more than heartbeats when they float back down to the river mouth.  When the water is high they often get caught in the sedge grass and are easy pickings for the clever bears who are in the know.

Playing around - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The cub played unaware we were watching for several minutes.  When he did notice, he stared us down before trotting back to momma.

On guard - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The mother stayed in the grass until the cub came up and growled and pawed at her.

2013 © Christopher Martin

After a while the cub turned his attention back to his mom.  He trotted over and growled and pawed at her.  He conned her into coming down to the beach and they ran around chasing each other.

2013 © Christopher Martin

2013 © Christopher Martin

It was a really special finish to a great first day in the Khutzeymateen.  And more great moments were to come in the next two days I spent in the Khutzeymateen.

2013 © Christopher Martin

8 responses

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  2. You captured wonderful intimacy between the sow and her cub and the one of the cub playing is over-the-top for cute-ness. Something to be proud of-thanks for sharing great memories.

    August 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  3. Great photos…they look like they are having fun!

    August 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  4. Oh, my God!

    August 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  5. lisalday111711

    I just love that the mother is playing with as much wild abandon as her wee one. You really captured this joyful moment and it made me smile. Thank you

    August 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  6. I love these photos. Its so much fun to watch the interaction between mother and cub.

    August 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

  7. The playfulness you captured really makes the photos. Do you mind me asking which sailboat company you used?

    August 26, 2013 at 12:44 am

    • Hi Lyle,

      I sailed with Dan Wakeman aboard his charter the Sun Chaser. I will be returning to the Khutzeymateen next June for a small group photo tour if you are interested in joining. You can of course contact Dan directly and join one of his regularly planned trips as well.



      August 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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