Journey to the bears in the Kronotsky Reserve, Kamchatka; Sergey Semenov, Sergey Shandin & Dmitry Moiseenko; Air Pano

Russia – Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Another unique feature of Kurile Lake is a long salmon spawning period: from June to March. Both factors attract many brown bears to the lakeshore. Under normal conditions bears avoid each other, but during salmon spawning period they group together. One can observe up to 20 bears near the lake simultaneously: they are so preoccupied with fishing that they ignore not only other bears, but also humans.

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