This happy bear I called Fozzy enjoyed the sport of fishing more than eating fish
Bear viewing protocol is somewhat different in Hallo Bay than the protocol we practice in Haines. A good illustration was an incident that I will well remember as my closest significant encounter with brown bears. Our guide suggested we move up creek and situate ourselves on a gravel bar in the middle of the creek. This would allow for some nice action shots like the one above, where would could watch bears actively fishing with a good vantage to some great shots. As we positioned ourselves and waited, sure enough down the creek comes a happy bear. We watched Fozzy frolick for a bit before her behavior suggested she had gone on alert. Further upstream, a head appeared from behind the bushes on the right bank. The face had a fresh wound on the left cheek. As this newcomer became more visible, I could see it was missing the right ear, and the left appeared to be the worse for wear, though neither of these ear abnormalities appeared to be the result of anything as recent as the wound on his face. Fozzy moved down river, which meant approaching us rather directly where we remained on the gravel bar. Jerry's instructions followed the appropriate protocol. Everyone grouped together, and knelt low, and remained quiet, as she walked past us within about fifteen feet to our right. The bear appeared to pay no attention to us as she moved downstream away from Scary Bear. It was not long before Scary Bear walked past us on the left, about a similar distance. He paid a bit more attention to us, but passed by without issue. Glad to see him go, and a number of us swallowed hard while the rest did their best to unpucker. The usual protocol is to make yourself appear large. Here on the bay, the idea is to make ourselves look small, and no threat to the bears. Focused on their fish, they have "better fish to fry!"