15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Spirit Bear

A Kermode Bear also known as a Spirit Bear due to its whitish coloring. Rare sighting along the ocean seashore. A recessive gene within the black bear population gives this bear its color. Staking out the shoreline near a salmon stream in a zodiac this bear appeared and we followed it for a long time in the rain.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Canada
Camera: NIKON D5200
Copyright: © Patrick Nowotny