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    This is the rock pile to the north of Olsen Island, right across from Mueller cove in Unakwik. I've sat on this rock many times hunting sea otters. A different kind of critter on it yesterday. Actually three of them. Very curious what brought them out there! Looks like the mild winters have been good to the population

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    Seems strange to me. I know that they swim well, but what would make them want to swim to that little tiny island??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Seems strange to me. I know that they swim well, but what would make them want to swim to that little tiny island??
    On the way going to/from somewhere else(?). Probably not a destination.

    Neat pic, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    On the way going to/from somewhere else(?). Probably not a destination.

    Neat pic, though.
    Absolutely not a destination. I'm curious if they originated on the mainland, and were headed to Olson Island.
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    I think they are just instinctually compelled to push their boundaries for some reason.

    I saw one swimming a mile offshore of Elrington Island two springs ago. I like to think it was on it's way to populate a new area.

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    There is green on it. I'd think they went for fresh eats!


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    During the month of October here in southeast, it is very common to see deer swimming, and on small islands. They go into some kind of traveling/migration mode. Perhaps some kind of pre rut behavior.

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    I'd like to know if they ever become food for Orcas. That would be an amazing thing to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderthal View Post
    I'd like to know if they ever become food for Orcas. That would be an amazing thing to see.
    Oh I'm sure it's happened before.

    I also remember the old timers telling me they've seen moose swim across Cook Inlet as well.....
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    I lived next to a marine biologist who studied Orcas in Puget Sound. She said they have found deer in the stomach of a whale that died from a ship strike.

    Here in SE we hunt swimming dear. In the fall there is a local migration where the deer swim from one side of the canal to the other. In the middle of the canal is an island the deer use as a rest stop. We hunt that island and I have shot a number of deer as they where on the shore shaking the water off there coats. As the deer swim the fawns always bawl all the way across. It's interesting to watch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Oh I'm sure it's happened before.

    I also remember the old timers telling me they've seen moose swim across Cook Inlet as well.....
    I think I remember a story that was in the paper probably around 20 years ago about two moose being pursued by some orcas. I thought it might have been in K-bay but it's been so long since I've read it I don't remember the much of the details

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    Anyone see the PWS deer pellet count for this year?? Been looking but have not found it...
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    Last week I was in Unakwik. As I came back home past Point Flint (Western edge of Columbia Glacier) I got a photo of 2 does about 30 yards off shore. They had apparently swam from Glacier Island.

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