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He was so funny with his big catch; he just played with it! And then his brother came along and they both fought over it. They obviously both had their bellies full as they soon lost total interest in it and ended up play fighting together. What fabulous entertainment!

Taken just north of Port Alexander, at Port Armstrong Hatchery on Baranof Island in SE Alaska.

These brown bears, known as the ABC (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof) Island Bears, have unique DNA. Although related genetically to all browns and grizzlies in the world, which are genetically divided into two groups, the ABC Island bears in one group and all of the others in the second group, the ABC Island brown bear’s DNA also has a relationship to polar bear DNA, which sets them apart. In fact, the bears of the ABC islands have a type of DNA that is more similar to that of polar bears than of other brown bears. Just possibly, the island bears may be descendants of an ancestral type of bear that also gave rise to the polar bear.

September 9, 2007
D200 18-200mm Lens

Cropped, curves adjustment, shadows lightened, water color slightly adjusted, slight sharpening.

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alaska, grizzly bear, se alaska, abc island bears

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Comments

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 4 years ago

    great capture and very interesting narrative, dj! I thought polar bears weren’t bears at all but a kind of weasel but clearly not. Learn something every day on RB!

  • lol… REALLY!! Are you quite sure you don’t have one leg longer than the other?! Where on earth did you hear that?
    Thanks very much, Nadine!

    – DJ LeMay

  • DesImages
    DesImagesover 4 years ago

    You’ve captured a great moment here. This is my favourite one in this series so far.

  • My favorite too, Denise! Thank you!

    – DJ LeMay

  • Richard  Stanley
    Richard Stanleyover 4 years ago

    Great shot DJ – his delight is evident!

  • Very pleased that you like this one, Richard! Thank you!

    – DJ LeMay

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh how DARLING!!!!!!!! Cool info!!!

  • Thank you, Lois! :)

    – DJ LeMay

  • Gyuri Nagy
    Gyuri Nagyover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture DJ!

  • Thank you, Gyuri!

    – DJ LeMay

  • akaurora
    akauroraover 4 years ago

    Another GREAT shot DJ … sounds like your little bear liked to play like our bear did (isn’t that so cool??). Would love to visit your bears someday!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • It is so cool; could watch them play all day ’n night! Appreciate your visit and comments, Deb! Thank you!

    – DJ LeMay

  • Paul Manning
    Paul Manningover 4 years ago

    very cool! cheers paul

  • Thank you Paul!

    – DJ LeMay

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    This is so great!

  • Thank you, Betty!

    – DJ LeMay

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    I didn’t know that. Splendid shot!

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

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