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Blue Hole Dance

Blue Hole Dance

“Blue Hole Dance”

In the fall of 2020, we spent a week photographing grizzly bears in Central British Columbia, Canada. The salmon were just starting to return to spawn here which always brings the bears down to feast on the protein rich fish that is essential for their winter hibernation. It was here that I experienced bears snorkeling for fish for the very first time! After salmon spawn, they die, and it is these fish that the bears are looking for on the bottom of the river when snorkeling. Like the bear in this image, when they spot dead fish while snorkeling, they stand up on their back legs and wade around in the water as if they were dancing, while feeling for the fish with their back paws. Once they find a fish, they kick it to the surface with their back paws to catch it with their front claws so as to begin their feast. Truly an amazing sight of these majestic giants!

-Stan Masters 

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