Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: June 25, 2018
As morning dawned, another bear on the shore was spotted. The skiff was deployed to move us closer to the bear.
I was on the second skiff run, and the bear was still feeding along the shore. With the skiff, we were able to get even closer to this bear.
The bear used her gigantic paw to smash the shells against the rocks. She searched in the fucus and looked under rocks for small creatures only occasionally looking our way.
Dan was in the last skiff (because he woke late) to the shore and the bear had pretty much had enough of all the paparazzi and camera noise by then. After a few minutes, she ambled off into the woods and privacy.
After the early morning bear interlude, we continued our journey in Muir Inlet toward some icebergs marooned on land during low tide.
From a distance, the icebergs look small, but standing on land right next to them, they are huge chunks of ice.
When the skiff delivered us on shore, most of the icebergs were stranded. After 1-1/2 hours of roaming and photographing the area, icebergs were no longer stranded and we were about to lose the narrow finger of land the rising tide hadn't yet swallowed.
It was an amazing morning with bears and icebergs all before noon. Once we were all back on the Delfinus, we motored farther into Muir Inlet toward Gloomy Knob in hopes of seeing mountain goats. And, we did see mountain goats, but they were quite far up the slope. Even so, it was fascinating to watch the babies along with their mothers free climb almost vertical sides. This is why mountain goats are called the World's Greatest Climber.
We anchored in a nearby protected cove so that we could explore more of Gloomy Knob in the morning.