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On the same wavelength - a brown bear filmed mimicking a grey whale in Kamchatka

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 August 2019

The large bear falls on its back and waves paws in the air in exact copy of the whale’s moves.

‘Was it the bear mimiching the whale, or other way round?' the reserve’s inspector Anna Yeliseeva who witnessed the scene said jokingly in the comment to the video. Picture: Anna Yeliseeva

A unique moment of two animals resting within metres from each other was caught at the Olga Bay by inspector of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. 

The grey whale is seen twisting and turning in water close to shore, scratching its back and ‘waving’ fins in the air. 

A grown up bear, who was caught by the same camera is seen watching the whale for a minute, then falling on its back and rolling in the sand with all four paws high up. 

‘Was it the bear mimiching the whale, or other way round?' the reserve’s inspector Anna Yeliseeva who witnessed the scene said jokingly in the comment to the video.

a brown bear filmed mimicking a Gray Whale in Kamchatka


a brown bear filmed mimicking a Gray Whale in Kamchatka


a brown bear filmed mimicking a Gray Whale in Kamchatka


a brown bear filmed mimicking a Gray Whale in Kamchatka
A brown bear is seen mimiching a grey whale. Pictures: Anna Yeliseeva


The territory of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve at the Kamchatka Peninsula is home to one of the world’s largest populations of brown bears, with access to them limited strictly to scientists and a small number of tourists. 

Waters around the reserve is a migration route for large marine animals including grey whales. 

Every year they move thousands of miles between breeding grounds in America and feeding grounds around Russian territories of Kamchatka, Chukotka, Sakhalin island and Kuril islands. 

Usually at least five grey whales are seen at the Olga Bay in Kronotsky Nature Resreve, staying there from late May till mid-August. 

Watch them play - a large brown bear is filmed mimiching moves of a grey whale

Comments (2)

it's summer holidays...happy bear.. ^^
Jocelyne, FRANCE
05/08/2019 19:22
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Thank you so much Anna Yeliseeva for sharing this wonderful moment of Nature communicating. Nature is communicating with each other and with us every day. What a wonderful job you have and a spectacular location.
Pamela K Tetarenko, United States
05/08/2019 18:42
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