Some of you might be thinking, how much more wildlife do I have to show you in this PART 2 section of WILD LIFE WEDNESDAY. Some might even be thinking “did you guys even see all these animals on the river… I mean I came on 1 trip last year and saw nothing!” Well ya, that happens. Sometimes our little friends get a wee bit shy (and sometimes our clients are also a wee bit loud… just saying haha) But they do pop their heads out sometimes to say hello and our safety kayakers/cameramen are always ready to shoot them! With the lens I mean! So here are a few more shots and fun facts of the nature we call home!
The Salmon Run!
It’s that time of year again when one of the world’s greatest events occurs. The pacific salmon swim for thousand of miles from the salt water ocean all the way to the fresh water stream where they were born, to spawn the next generation. This year is the year of the Pink Salmon. They only come back every 2 years to spawn and its pretty amazing that they still find their way back!
Fun Fact : Salmon can smell and identify a SINGLE drop of water from their native stream in gallons of salt water on their journey home.
The Salmon Run is not only an amazing phenomenon but vital to the survival of so many of the other critters that call the West Coast their home.
The Black Bear and all other North American bears, especially Grizzlies, depend on the salmon run to feed themselves and their young in preparation for the long slumber ahead. So basically, they wake up, walk around a bit, eat some berries, wait for the salmon and then have a big ol’ feast!
Fun Fact: Bears don’t like to get their ears wet so when they try to pick up fish from the bottom of a lake or river they use their feet! That’s some pretty Fancy Foot work eh?
The salmon know that the bears are hunting them.. they even take precautions and scout ahead to see if the bears are waiting and where!(Pretty smart fish) Although they think ahead.. the don’t think about above….
The Bald Eagle is majestic in its hunt for salmon. It soars from above unseen by the salmon until it has it in its claws. These birds are indigenous to North America only (including northern mexico as well) and they LOVE salmon season, but its safe to say the salmon don’t love the birds. Watching them hunt is truly an amazing experience especially from the raft, its pretty crazy! I wouldn’t want those talons anywhere near me that’s for sure!
The Porcupine doesn’t actually hunt the salmon. But I thought he was pretty cool so I threw him in here too! So everyone, say hello to Henry. He likes to cruise around the riverbed searching for the juiciest of all the tree bark to chew. Don’t get too close though, he’s not the cuddling type.
As cool and important as the salmon run and our other neighbors are, animals aren’t the only awe striking sights on our trip. We also have views of mountains and trees all around us. Ask your guide to name them all, see if they know their surrounding mountain range (they should :P).
Mt Slesse can be seen from most places along the river. Many clients want their picture taken with this majestic mountain in the background. It makes for quite the postcard: Sun, mountains, sexy neoprene wet suits, what more could you want for your new profile picture!
The Slesse Memorial Trail is also a gorgeous hike that offers an amazing view of the mountain and commemorates the victims of the 1956 plane crash.
That’s it for me today! Keep checking in if you want to disconnect from the absurdity of reality TV like desperate housewives and get to know what the actual reality of life and the world we live in is!
Cheers from the staff here at Chilliwack River Rafting!