As we drove up the long track to Hidden Cove Lodge and, just as we first caught sight of the lodge, we also saw…..one adult black bear and two black bear cubs. They were only about 100 feet from us. We watched in awe and forgot all about winding down the window to try and get a photo.
The next day we headed off to nearby Telegraph Cove. After getting quite close to black bears we were excited about the prospect for seeing more wildlife – but nothing could have prepared us for what happened next.
We sat on some rocks looking over to some of the smaller islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island. In the distance we could see numerous killer whales arching out of the water, presumably chasing salmon. Then, suddenly, an otter sprang out of the water about 20 yards from us with a live eel in its mouth. Over the next 10 minutes it proceeded to eat this eel, seemingly unperturbed by our presence – though I was too worried about scaring him off to unpack the camera.