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151 Walker on the lip Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

151 Walker on the lip Snapshot by Cam Op Scout

Bearcam Week in Review September 7

Hi and welcome to our weekly Bear Cam blog. We will be publishing this blog every week with a review of the previous weeks Bear Cam highlights. Brought to you by your bear cam Mods, LaniH and GABear.

Welcome to September at Brooks river. We have started to see the return of some bears. This past week we have seen 474, 284, 719, 32 Chunk, 879, 274 Overflow, 480 Otis and 435 Holly and her yearling cubs all returned to Brooks. 879 may be a new bear to those that have just started to watch the cams. He is a fall bear only and he has a couple of unique qualities. First he does not like to swim under the bridge, he instead walks around it. He also makes a lot of noise when he eats, he groans and breaths heavy. He is a large bear with a very long neck and tall ears. He’s most often seen snorkeling in the Lower River area, but the last couple years, he has been spending time fishing at the falls as well. This weeks highlight video can be seen here.

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879 Snapshot by LaniH

32 Chunk returned on September 4. He scent rubbed the poor little tree on the island and then proceeded to ensure his place in the hierarchy. He had words with 151 Walker, displacing Walker a couple times, and also tried to bluff charge 804 on the lip while he was in the jacuzzi.

32 Chunk trying to bluff charge 804

32 Chunk trying to bluff charge 804 Snapshot by LaniH

32 Chunk having  words with 151 Walker while 804 looks on Snapshot by GreenRiver

32 Chunk having words with 151 Walker while 804 looks on Snapshot by GreenRiver

32 Chunk was unable to displace 879 in  the far pool, they had words twice and 879 refused to budge either time. 32 Chunk has yielded to 747 whenever he has shown up.

32 Chunk and 879 have words Snapshot by Cam Op Nan

32 Chunk and 879 have words Snapshot by Cam Op Nan

A sow and three cubs were spotted on Dumpling Mountain this past week. They looked to be grazing on berries.

sow and three cubs on Dumpling Mtn  Snapshot by LaniH

sow and three cubs on Dumpling Mtn Snapshot by LaniH

Sow and cubs on Dumpling Snapshot by Brenda Sadefur

Sow and cubs on Dumpling Snapshot by Brenda Sadefur

On September 6, 435 Holly and her yearling cubs returned to Brooks. Holly and her cubs are all looking very fat and happy. They were seen throughout the day on the lower river, they even chased a group of subadults down spit road before going snorkeling.

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435 Holly and her yearlings at the falls Snapshot by LaniH

435 Holly and her yearlings chase subadults down spit road Snapshot by GreenRiver

435 Holly and her yearlings chase subadults down spit road Snapshot by GreenRiver

854 Divot has continued to throw her considerable weight around the falls and has had words with 747, 32 Chunk  and 151 Walker. Although 151 Walker was having none of it and actually got into a kerfuffle with her where she ended up on her back in the water. She was fine and both bears walked away uninjured.

151 Walker and 854 Divot get into a kerfuffle in the far pool Snapshot by Bookmom

151 Walker and 854 Divot get into a kerfuffle in the far pool Snapshot by Bookmom

854 Divot and 32 Chunk  have words

854 Divot and 32 Chunk have words

480 Otis returned on September 5, he crossed the island and headed over to the far river bank where he sat. Such  a sneaky bear, the falls cam was focused elsewhere at the time spoiling any thoughts Otis had of making a Grand Entrance. Cams viewers are continually getting 480 Otis and 755 Scare D Bear confused, since 755 returned this year with a floppy right ear which has been 480 Otis’ trademark. Upon returning from his August hiatus 480’s  right ear is not as floppy, seeming to be “propped” up by all the weight gain.  :)

480 Otis returns Snapshot by Cam Op HG Wells

480 Otis returns Snapshot by Cam Op HG Wells

The many subadults have continued to delight and entertain us this week. Having marathon play sessions on the grassy point, the spit and even in the river. Some subadults have even used salmon as playthings. 821 seems to be a 503 in the making, he’s often  seen trying to get other subadults to play by rolling over on his back. He was also spotted taking a long nap near the floating bridge.

821 being silly Snapshot by May

821 being silly Snapshot by May

821 napping on the closed trail Snapshot by tzusrule

821 napping on the closed trail Snapshot by tzusrule

subadult plays with a salmon Snapshot by Bearz61

subadult plays with a salmon Snapshot by Bearz61

Not to be outdone 503 has continued to steal the show at the falls. From his many play sessions with 812, 804, 719, 151 Walker, and 274 Overflow, to just rolling around in the river. He never fails to entertain cam viewers and visitors to Brooks alike. He is such a wonderful bear that he even had his very own Ranger live chat devoted to him and his unique story.

503 trying to get 804 to play Snapshot by Cam Op Melissa

503 trying to get 804 to play Snapshot by Cam Op Melissa

151 Walker and 503 play fight Snapshot by GreenRiver

151 Walker and 503 play fight Snapshot by GreenRiver

503 trying to get 274 Overflow to play Snapshot by DSeabird

503 trying to get 274 Overflow to play Snapshot by DSeabird

Cam viewers were very concerned this past week when a subadult “appeared” to be struggling in the river. We watched  this bear put his face in the water and continually turn around for over 9 minutes. Finally the bear came up with a fish. Some speculated that the bear might have gotten stuck on something on the river bottom. Viewers questioned Bearcam Fellow Mike Fitz about this during a text chat. Here is what he said:

“It looks like the bear is trying to find something on the river bottom and can’t quite reach it. Bears are good swimmers, but many don’t know how to dive for food. The water in the lower river is quite deep in places which can make scavenging difficult for some non-diving bears.”

Subadult trying to get a salmon off the river bed Snapshot by skybluesue

Subadult trying to get a salmon off the river bed Snapshot by skybluesue

747 continues to add to his already massive size.  Usually we see him in the water, but this week he showed up on the land in the Lower River.  His large girth is almost hiding his back legs! Seeing how fat 747 and some of the other bears are getting leads to the question: Can a bear be too fat?  Explore fellow, Mike Fitz discussed that in this blog. You can read it here.

747 seen on the grassy point Snapshot by Cam Op Aspire

747 seen on the grassy point Snapshot by Cam Op Aspire

The Underwater Cam continues to provide great views into life below the surface of Brooks River.  On Thursday, we were treated to 435 Holly’s demonstration of how to get a dead fish off the bottom of the river.  We are also still seeing a lot of Sockeye Salmon in their bright red spawning color hanging around the Lower River.

Large  group of salmon in their spawning colors Snapshot by Brenda05

Large group of salmon in their spawning colors Snapshot by Brenda05

We often think of the jacuzzi area of the falls as the domain of adult male bears.  The plentiful fish and the late August time when many adult males were not around left the jacuzzi available for many younger, smaller bears to try out.  We’ve enjoyed seeing them trying to fight the current and being bounced around since they are too small. Often many subadults are trying it out at the same time.  We saw 4 of them all in there together this week, with 854 Divot looking to capitalize on some scraps behind the jacuzzi.

503 in the jacuzzi surrounded  by 719, 854 Divot and two other subadults Snapshot by LaniH

503 in the jacuzzi surrounded by 719, 854 Divot and two other subadults Snapshot by LaniH

Bear 274 Overflow came back into cam view this week.  He is noticeable because he has some small areas of lighter colored fur on his shoulders.  He’s been seen playing with 503, and also doing a little begging and waiting for scraps in between snorkeling and fishing on his own.

274 Overflow Snapshot by Sabra TX

274 Overflow Snapshot by Sabra TX

Subadult 812 has been working on his proficiency at fishing the lip of the falls.  This week, he stepped and leaned just a bit too far out and fell off, briefly disappearing in the froth below in front of 32 Chunk, who looked only mildly surprised.  812 shook off and went on his way.

812 slipping off the lip into 32 Chunk Screenshot by LaniH

812 slipping off the lip into 32 Chunk Screenshot by LaniH

On the night of September 6 we were treated to 10 bears fishing the falls, a rare sight indeed. A good run of silver salmon is likely the reason so many bears are still fishing the falls.

10 Bears fishing the falls Snapshot by Cam Op Maisie

10 Bears fishing the falls Snapshot by Cam Op Maisie

 

Diving Bears

In the last couple weeks, we’ve seen a subadult (or different subdaults) diving completely under the water for lengthy periods of time attempting to catch a fish.  While diving behavior is certainly not unheard of, and the Brooks River has a few adult bears that dive, we hadn’t seen a subadult stay submerged for these kinds of times before.  The Katmai Bearcams Wikia has a page full of info on diving bears as well as links for numerous videos of Brooks bears that dive. Check out that page here. We looked at a handful of those videos and timed some of the dives to see how they compared with our current subadult.  Results are listed below.

This is not a scientific survey. 😉  Times were done with a stopwatch but could be argued as far as when the “dive” starts:  when the bears head goes under or when the whole body goes under. Either way, they are some pretty impressive times.  There are more videos on the Wiki page for these bears as well as some others who have dived. This is just a sampling of the bears that seemed to have the longest and most fully submerged dive times.

1 Diver:

14.76 sec at about the 4:30 mark in this undated video.

10.25 sec and 7.89 sec at about the 36:56 mark in this video from 1992.

6:25 sec and 16.33 at about the 16:00 mark in this video from 1992.

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2018

13.35 sec in this video.

2017

9.26 sec and 12.15 sec in this video.

2016

15:30 sec in this video.

2015

Several dives between 9 and 16 seconds in this video.

Unidentified subadult(s)

2018

Several long dives from 8 sec to 10.49 sec starting around 1:19 in this video.

Another dive for 8.12 sec seen in this video.

Dives between 8 and 10 sec in this video.

  • connien

    Another most interesting summary. Thank you both for your time and the effort. Not only do I get to catch up what I may have missed, this running history will be wonderful to review in the ‘down’ season. Thanks again!

  • cma319

    Thank you! Love these.

  • Amanda Thompson

    Fantastic-these weekly round ups always bring a smile to my face. Busy bears. Such variation in physique and approach to life.

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