Fishing in the Falls
There is an iconic photograph, made famous by Thomas Mangelsen (world renowned nature photographer) and used as his logo for his “Images of Nature” company. It’s a salmon jumping into the mouth of a grizzly bear. I thought of that image as I watched and photographed grizzly bears standing at the top of the Brooks falls (Katmai National Park, Alaska) catching sockeye salmon as they jump up the falls to reach their spawning grounds.
Two or more bears perched at the top of the falls can lead to conflict and disputes. A larger bear will often exercise his dominance and force the lesser bear to retreat from the best spot or give up a fish. Fights often break out over turf and food.
The bears will congregrate below the falls where they can catch the fish by lunging and diving. The younger bears will catch a fish and run from the site to avoid having their catch “stolen” by the older and bigger bears.
Click on the video to watch a frustrated bear catch a salmon, lose the salmon as he tries to grab another one and makes many attempts to catch the ones jumping around him:
Be sure to read the other posts on the bears of Katmai.
For the full portfolio of the bears at Katmai go to my Grizzly Bears Gallery on my website: RichardSeeleyPhotogaphy.com>Grizzly Bears Gallery