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There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 May 2020

The moose was filmed enjoying a salty bath in waves of the Pacific Ocean when the brown bear interrupted the swim.

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. Picture: Anna Eliseeva

The young moose spent over an hour in waters of the Olga Bay on the eastern coast of Primorsky region, said inspectors of the Kronotsky reserve who filmed the animal. 

‘State inspector Ilya Kudryashov noticed a moose standing in the ocean some 300 metres away from the cordon. We decided to have a closer look, crossed Olga river and then I crawled 150 metres towards the animal to take several pictures and a video, and to make sure I didn’t disturb it’, said reserve’s employee Anna Eliseeva.

She walked back to the house and minutes later noticed a brown bear running along the shore and into the waves after the moose. 

Anna filmed a brief part of the hunt which she believes failed. 

‘Both animals were quite young. The bear was about four years old, the moose was young, too. They quickly disappeared out of sight, but after an hour the same bear returned to river Olga, so the chase must have been unsuccessful’, Anna said. 

There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean
The moose was filmed enjoying a salty bath in waves of the Pacific Ocean when the brown bear interrupted the swim. Pictures: Anna Eliseeva


The brown bear likely didn’t stand a chance anyway as it attempted to attack the largest land mammal of the Kamchatka peninsula, the Buturlin’s moose (Alces americana buturlini). 

Grown up males can be as tall as 2.3 metres, and 3 metres long with body weight over 600 kg. The work on reintroducing Buturlin Moose to Kamchatka Peninsula started in 1976.

It was the same Olga Bay where a year ago a brown bear was filmed mimicking moves of a grey whale bathing close to shore. The large predator was seen falling on its back and waving paws in the air in an exact copy of the whale’s moves as the two animals rested within metres from each other. 

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/on-the-same-wavelength-a-brown-bear-filmed-mimicking-a-gray-whale-in-kamchatka


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean


There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean
The brown bear likely didn’t stand a chance anyway as it attempted to attack the largest land mammal of the Kamchatka peninsula, the Buturlin’s moose (Alces americana buturlini). Pictures: Anna Eliseeva


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. 

There is no time for spa! A hungry bear chases a moose out of the ocean. Video by Anna Eliseeva


Comments (2)

There's a moose loose about this Rus!
Richard Marsden, UK
11/05/2020 03:01
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Both just enjoying springtime.
David B. Benson , southeastern Washington state, USA
07/05/2020 11:53
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