Even though I and the rest of my photo tour attendees only were able to spend 4 days within Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, we still learned so much about the coastal brown bears inhabiting the park.
We learned about their fishing methods, for instance.
Some bears stood in the water and constantly moved their heads from left to right, looking into the water for that flash of movement signaling a nearby salmon.
Some bears stood in the water and felt the movement of the salmon around their paws
And some bears snorkeled.
This bear actually squeezed beneath the floating bridge and re-surfaced on the side you see here.
Snorkeling with nose and eyes below the water.
Did it catch anything? No, but not for lack of trying.