As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on every single aspect of human life, it’s nice to be reminded that nature marches (or stomps, or crawls, or creeps, or swims) on regardless, unconcerned with our global upheaval. Nature is healing, the memes tell us, but really, at least something is. So, as it’s that time of year again, why not watch some Alaskan bears catch jumping salmon? It’s an absolute sushi fest — hold the sticky rice and nori.
You can now access a livestream of brown bears catching salmon, as captured by a camera located in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The park is home to thousands of brown bears and in any other year would attract thousands of visitors from all around the world to the area called Brooks Camp. Located at the mouth of Brooks River, Brooks Camp hosts an area where visitors can view the brown bears mid-catch as well as enjoy world-class fishing of their own.
Alas, a trip to Alaska probably isn’t in the cards for you this year, but you can still check out the brown bears in action on the Explore.org webcam. The live feed gives you all of the feels of being present, including the sounds of rushing water and the splashes of the brown bears as they attempt mid-air catches of the wild, jumping salmon. The park’s website notes that the bears consume as many as 30 salmon every day — over 54 kg — and tend to be most active in the area in late June and throughout July, as the salmon are migrating. Apparently if you keep a close watch on the livestream, you might also catch a glimpse of eagles, gulls and other animals, including wolves, snatching a fish or two of their own.