Photo by @martinenckell | Just coming back after a week cruising the Svalbard fjords with some of the best polar guides I ever worked with. Thanks to Martin and Roy. Ready to welcome my guests tomorrow and continue our adventure with @amazingviews!
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Photo by @daisygilardini | The best time to observe the elusive spirit bear in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is during the salmon run in September.
This is when bears gather around the rivers to fish and teach their offspring how to catch salmon.
Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishermen. Their success rate is around one-in-four, or 25%. Interestingly, studies show that spirit bears' white coat is less visible to salmon in daylight. This gives the bears a slight advantage when fishing, and raises their success rate to about one-in-three, or 30%. This slight advantage makes it easier for them to gain the fat reserves necessary for hibernation. It might also explain why the gene has not receded over time.
The Kermode bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American Black bear has white or cream-coloured fur.
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Photo by @daisygilardini | A proposal to develop commercial seal hunting on Canada’s West coast was presented to the federal government just this past February.
Harbour seal populations have increased dramatically since the 1970s. The initiative’s organizer, Ken Pearce, says the plan will employ around 4,000 people, “and bring the pinnipeds” — marine mammals with both front and rear flippers — “back into historical balance.” While the seal population has grown, the Chinook salmon population is collapsing along on Canada’s West Coast. The coast’s southern killer whale population is increasingly endangered.
Scientists at the University of B.C. argue that a seal cull might save the Chinook salmon. On the other hand, the proposed removal of half of the seal population, or 50%, might starve the transient killer whale population.
B.C.’s western coast is a delicate and finely balanced ecosystem. Human intervention could have serious consequences. Besides the ecological impact, area politicians will have to deal with the potential fallout these actions could have on Canada’s international reputation.
The picture above shows a white-coat harp seal, native to Canada’s East Coast. This seal was photographed in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
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