Title: Caught in the Act
Location & Date: Fish Creek, Alaska | August 2013
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ Nikon 300mm 2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
One of the more interesting joys of the spirit bear campaign was being able to watch the research on British Columbia’s coastal wolves unfold in the real time. Over a span of a few years, it was determined that wolves inhabiting the coastline of BC and Alaska are part of a distinct subspecies of grey wolves and we discovered that one of their most interesting characteristics is their ability to fish. And they aren’t casual fishers – the coastal wolf is an expert fisher, with salmon making up a large part of their diet. Jill and I had the opportunity to document this first hand at the Fish Creek wildlife viewing platform on the Alaska/BC border. The main attraction might be bears, but it was coastal wolves that stole the show – and, frankly, put bears and their fishing skills to shame.