Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

The Spirit Bear

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Are you looking for something new to photograph?

A new species?  A new environment?  A new species in a new environment?

A creature of legend lives on the central coast of British Columbia which is the only place in the world where it can be found.

This creature is the Kermode Bear.

It is also called the Spirit Bear or Ghost Bear.

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

As legend has it…

(Reference: The Westcoast Reader) The Spirit Bear was  a legend of the of the Gitga’at and Kitasoo Native Peoples.  The legend told of a time when the world was white with ice and snow.  Raven, the Creator, later made everything green.  He decided that one in ten black bears would have white fur.  The white bears would remind people of the time of the glaciers.  Raven said these bears would live in a special place.

They would live in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest

At a size of 32,000 km2  the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world.  The area is home to species such as cougars, wolves, salmon, grizzly bears, and of course, the Spirit Bear and will play host to the exciting Great Bear Rainforest Expedition which I will be hosting from 26 August to 5 September 2017.

This natural history voyage will see us explore the protected waters of the North Central coast and for our expedition we will be staying on and moving around on the the motor-sailor, the Island Roamer, a Canadian licensed passenger vessel.  The Island Roamer was specifically designed for these types of expeditions and is ideal for our photographic expedition.

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

The Spirit Bear

The Kermode bear also known as the “spirit bear“, is a rare subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. It is the official provincial mammal of British Columbia About one-tenth of its population having white or cream-coloured coats like polar bears. This colour is due to a double recessive gene unique in the subspecies.

Spirit Bears are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the “blonde” brown bears of Alaska’s “ABC Islands” than other members of their species.  Sometimes, a mother black bear can have a white cub.

On our expedition we will set out in search of these amazing animals as well as the multitude of wildlife, nature and landscape photographic opportunities to be found in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

Wild Eye - Canada - Spirit Bear - Gerry van der Walt - Phil Symonds

If you’re looking for a new adventure, a new photographic adventure, I’d love for you to join me later this year.

Oh, and for those of you that live in Canada and the USA this is a great opportunity to experience a Wild Eye safari in YOUR part of the world!

I would like to photograph Spirit Bears!

Click here for more information or to secure your spot for our 2017 Great Bear Rainforest Expedition.

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Until next time.

Gerry

About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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