The Critters I Saw On My Last Vacation

The first critter to greet me when I got off the plane was the resident Duck-Toller, who invited me to play with her…um…tree.

If you know anything about Duck-Tollers, this is considered perfectly normal bhaviour.


While on the water, I saw a lot of loons.   Beautiful birds, but not that uncommon.

Every Lake in Ontario has to have its resident loon.  It’s a Provincial By-Law.


In campgrounds and parks,  the moose are used to people and you can get really close.

But here, in the real bush, they’re skittish and you’re lucky to come within a few hundred meters of them.

The photo doesn’t do this justice, but this among the biggest moose I had ever seen.   I estimate his antler rack spanned~ 6 feet.


Next, is a bald-eagle-critter.

It’s not often you get this close to one in Ontario.    I tried to throw him a fish, but he didn’t take it.


This Bear-Critter made a regular appearance at the dump every night at ~ 8:00 PM, when they threw the garbage out.   He reluctantly tolerated our presence, as long as we kept our distance.

And seeing how he considerably outweighed me, I did.


Let’s not forget the fish-critters, like this small Northern Pike.

Normally, I wouldn’t be excited about a pike this small, except that I had caught him right off the dock, after supper.

It gives you an indication of how good the fishing is on this lake,  if you can catch them like this without really trying.

Here’s a more decent pike-critter.    Not a trophy, but still respectable, by any books.   It was 30 inches…and I’m guessing ~ 7-10 lbs.

Here’s a close-up of its toothy maw.   If I were to title this photograph, I’d call it “The Last Thing a Minnow Ever Sees”.


Of course, we also caught walleye, which are nice-looking fish, viewed from the side…

…but when viewed head-on,  GAWD, they’re UGLY!

Also of note, is that these toothy critters have razor-sharp gills which can slice you like a knife, if you pick them up the wrong way.


Of course, I had the last laugh, though.

It’s called “SHORE LUNCH”.

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13 Comments on “The Critters I Saw On My Last Vacation”

  1. Looking down the fishes’ throats makes me wonder if that was Gene Roddenberry’s inspiration for the Star Trek episode “Doomsday Machine”

  2. Friar Says:

    @Army Wife

    Do you actually think Gene ever fished? (I can’t picture Trekkies being so outdoorsy).

  3. Maybe he saw it as a kid and it freaked him out so he used it to create a monster star eater???

  4. SVC Says:

    The picture where your head is cut off reminds me of Tim The Tool Man Tailor’s elusive neighbour …

    Looks like a great day on the lake.

  5. Friar Says:

    @Army Wife
    I can just see it now…a giant inter-galactic Northern Pike…swallowing everything it meets.


    I’m a shy, retiring Friar. That’s why you’ll never see my photo! 🙂

  6. dothage Says:

    Being a suburban girl, I’m settle for the critters around here (except maybe the coyotes), thank you. Wild trip!

  7. Friar's Mom Says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! You’re so fortunate to see a bald eagle so close.

    The two photos of gaping fish mouths made me wonder if various species of fish have a unique mouth gape. Well, you guessed it. I Googled “fish mouths open” and then clicked on images. Well the first 20 photos were of various species of fish with their mouths open. I was puzzled when these images were followed by photos of women’s high heeled shoes.

    Well I learned something new today. An opened toe shoe (showing one or two toes) is actually called a “fish mouth” shoe.

    You can learn from Friar’s posts.

  8. Gayle Says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL dog!! Love the “tree” he is carrying, that is funny!

  9. svc Says:

    I thought that edit was planned. That is ok, it keeps some of us guessing. Kind of fun.

  10. Friar Says:

    Depends where in the suburbs you are. I live in the sububrs of my small town, and bears occasionally poop in my back yard!

    @Friar’s Mom
    Because of your natural curiosity, I think YOU learn from Friar’s posts. .I certainly don’t…except from your comments. 🙂

    You should see the dog when she really wants you to play. She will literally SHOVE the stick right at you. The dog is obsessed. All Duck Tollers are like this.

    Yeah, I like to keep under the radar, as much as possible. You’ll see more of my Teddy Bear in the blog, than me.

  11. Unknown Says:

    Say it aloud: I like a “Shore Lunch”.

  12. Friar Says:


    I….LOVE….SHORE….LUNCH !!!!!

  13. Ralph Says:

    Pretty cool. Those toothy fishes look dangerous. I would love to bag one of them!

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