24 Jul '11, 12pm

A Journey To Find the Mysterious And Elusive White Spirit Bear ~ ~ #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity

A Journey To Find the Mysterious And Elusive White Spirit Bear ~ ~ #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity

One fascinating fact is that the spirit bears have an advantage over black bears when hunting. It turns out they are much more efficient hunters during the day than their cousins. A black bear will catch a fish a quarter of the time while a white bear will catch one a third of the time. Tom Reimchen of Victoria University in British Columbia did some studies on these differences. “The suggestion is that the white bear is really a salmon bear, that this coat color is a functional adaptation for hunting salmon,” Reimchen says. Salmon return twice as fast to the places where the white bear hunt compared to those areas favoured by the black bear. At night both black and white are equal in success. It seems that during the day the salmon don't worry about/see a white object above them but do when it is black.

Full article: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-spirit-bear

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