About a month ago my parents came to visit for Father's Day weekend. We decided to treat my dad to a Bear Watching Tour with the Whale Centre in Tofino. The tour was the perfect afternoon adventure as we set off into the Clayoquout Sound in search of bears. The waters were calm and it was a beautiful ride looking for these wonderful animals. We spotted our first bear on one of the rocky shores searching for his afternoon meal. Our tour guide informed us that bears overturn the rocks on the beach in search of crabs, as well as eat mussels and barnacles right off the rocks. Personally I can't imagine eating barnacles myself but the bears have adapted to get their nutrients from them even if they are a bit crunchy.
After watching our first bear we headed off in search of more, especially on the look out for a mama bear and cub. We spotted another lonesome bear sitting down on a rock while eating his way through lines of mussels and barnacles. It was pretty amazing watching these gigantic animals in their natural habitat, so relaxed and enjoying their food.
Finally came the best moment of the day, watching a mama bear teach her young how to forage the beaches. She was overturning rocks as her cub watched but also played around the beach as she ate. There were a few boats at this stop and eventually the baby ran off up into the tree line, perhaps because its mum told it to.
On our way back into town we saw a rock covered in seals. This rock was literally completely covered in them as they were tanning themselves while having an afternoon nap. I didn't even realize the rock had seals on it until we got a closer look and they all began popping their heads up to check out who we were. Our final animal spotting was two bald eagles in a tree, a sight I will never tire of even if I do see them almost everyday. It was the perfect activity, even if you do live here, like Dave and I. It is always fun being a tourist in your own town and there is always something to explore on this wild West Coast!