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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Katmai Brown Bear Making the Perfect Catch

Bear 775 "Lefty" at Katmai National Park perched at the lip of Brooks Falls, making a perfect mid-air catch. He is one of the older bears at Katmai, who has earned this coveted spot atop the falls. He was rarely challenged by other bears, and was incredibly adept at catching the jumping salmon.

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Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2020
Copyright: © Nina Ritchie