A brown bear photographed underwater while fishing. Bears thrive on salmon but compete with 137 species of fish, birds, and mammals that also depend on salmon as a main staple of their diet.
Grizzly bears gorge on rich protein of salmon for three months. Though they munch on greens and berries, salmon are their main protein source and they fatten up before hibernating in the winter.
Brown bears in Kamchatka can be 7 to 9 feet in length and weigh 700-800 pounds. Species: U. arctic Genus:Ursus
Kamchatka has the highest density of brown bears in the world, with almost 15,000 on the peninsula.
To make this photograph, which was selected as one of the best photographs in National Geographic, I had to be approximately six feet away from bears like this one that was charging into the water to try to catch a fish. The water in Duril Lake is murky, so I had to be close and shot this photograph with a 12mm lens.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Kamchatka Salmon_ National Geographic Magazine 8/2009