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July 22, 2006 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Grizzly Bears frolicking at McNeill Falls, Alaska...live. It requires Real Player, sorry, but it's really quite something - the sight and sound of a Grizzly feeding frenzy that happens each summer here.
posted by Flashman (28 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Direct link to feed. Looks like they have a pretty crappy camera setup.
posted by bob sarabia at 12:35 PM on July 22, 2006


Sorry if this is boring or passe, but I thought it was cool enough to merit posting here. A friend in Anchorage sent me a link a few days ago to a local webcam, and looking at it again today it was exactly the same - dull and grey - as it had been a few days ago. So thinking it was a broken webcam I went looking for others in AK to corroborate the current conditions... and the rest is Metafilter history.
The neat thing about this is that somebody is apparently controlling it, so it's a bit like watching the World Cup, except it's real bears catching real salmon, with real waterfall and seagull noise, way up in Alaska.
posted by Flashman at 12:38 PM on July 22, 2006


PS if anybody is interested in what Alaska is up to right now, this is a pretty good place to look.
posted by Flashman at 12:41 PM on July 22, 2006 [1 favorite]


Also the site where Tim Treadwell, the subject of the stunning Grizzly Man, used to hang out. (Until he was eaten by a grizzly)
posted by donovan at 1:18 PM on July 22, 2006


Bears... godless killing machines....
posted by WhipSmart at 1:56 PM on July 22, 2006


Bears... godless killing machines....
posted by WhipSmart at 4:56 PM EST on July 22 [+fave] [!]



Indeed. I'll just wait to see this on Colbert.
posted by juiceCake at 2:21 PM on July 22, 2006


I just watched Grizzly Man last week. I got sooo tired of Tim Treadwell's sophomoric ego-trip; but, the amazing images of bears and other wildlife he filmed got me through it.

I'm enjoying this live feed on bob sarabia's link...it's wonderful what we can do with technology. Thanks, Flashman.
posted by taosbat at 3:43 PM on July 22, 2006


Occasionally, a typical young man, armed only with a knife, (say, six or eight inches long) attacks the grizzly bears.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:46 PM on July 22, 2006


"One of the bears redirected a relay antenna near the river, which is causing the grainy feed. We apologize for this inconvenience, and will have it fixed shortly."

GODDAMN BEARS! KEEP YOUR FREAKING PAWS OFF THE EQUIPEMNT!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:46 PM on July 22, 2006


I too think it was cool enough to post and would have loved to have seen it. But...I refuse to install RP, which isn't your fault. And I think Tim Treadwell was neither sophomoric nor ego-tripping. Insane, maybe. Approaching a grizzly bear mom with her cubs isn't the safest thing to do in the world, but without people like him the rest of us wouldn't get to experience these things. I admire his passion, however misguided it might have been.
posted by sluglicker at 4:54 PM on July 22, 2006


Yay! There are currently four bears fishing and several ballsy gulls waiting for leftovers. I guess gull meat is not on the menu when tasty salmon are swiming in the soupe du jour. Thanks for the link. Whoa! There's a person there too! And more bears (I count nine or 10) when the camera zooms out. Very cool.

Aaaaaaaand the one in the middle got one! And the gulls line up.... Mmmmmm. SALmon. :-)
posted by persona non grata at 5:03 PM on July 22, 2006


And what a treat that the stream is at 225kbps. Incredible live viewing. Thanks, Flashman.
posted by persona non grata at 5:04 PM on July 22, 2006


Occasionally, a typical young man, armed only with a knife, (say, six or eight inches long) attacks the grizzly bears.

That was such an awesome thread ...

Very nice video, thanks!
posted by maudlin at 5:10 PM on July 22, 2006


@persona non grata
Thanks for the play-by-play commentary. It's as if I'm actually there!
posted by sluglicker at 7:07 PM on July 22, 2006



posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 7:15 PM on July 22, 2006


I spent some time working in Jackson Hole long long ago. We weren't in town but up around Moose, Wyoming.

While I was there, a grizzly started marauding around the area. It hadn't killed any humans; but, we were all pretty scared.

Eventually, a Forest Ranger confronted it not far from the Post Office. He was "loaded for bear..." carrying a 12 gauge shotgun full of solid slugs. He got out of his vehicle and pumped all 6 shots into the bear.

It kept coming at him and he broke his shotgun across its head. Then he ran around his vehicle to hide.

The bear started to chase him; then, it seems, it finally noticed it was dead and fell.

I looked at the knife thread...very funny.
posted by taosbat at 7:33 PM on July 22, 2006


This is better than any TV show I've seen in the past month. But who's the camera op? Where is he/she? How long are the shifts? Bear-fish-seagull-fish-bear-seagull has got to get pretty maddening after a while.
posted by turducken at 8:20 PM on July 22, 2006


Ambition — The Journey of a Thousand Miles Sometimes Ends Very, Very Badly.
[via Demotivators]
posted by cenoxo at 8:42 PM on July 22, 2006


One of the best true stories from the Old West is the 1823 grizzly bear attack on frontiersman Hugh Glass^. His mauling and solo 200-mile survival trek is recounted in several books, and was the inspiration for the 1971 Richard Harris movie, Man in the Wilderness.
posted by cenoxo at 9:19 PM on July 22, 2006


Meanwhile, at Lake Tahoe: Bear driven to diet on pizza, booze

Must be the heat. It baked Dan Quayle's brain all over again.
posted by homunculus at 9:45 PM on July 22, 2006


GODDAMN BEARS! KEEP YOUR FREAKING PAWS OFF THE EQUIPEMNT!
posted by homunculus at 9:48 PM on July 22, 2006


I'm very glad I got to see that AskMeFi thread too - what a classic. It was lacking just one thing - this
posted by Flashman at 4:28 AM on July 23, 2006


and, my valuable hunting knife
posted by Flashman at 10:32 AM on July 23, 2006


Great links. Thank you. I just had the live feed on for hours in the corner of my desktop. Amazing.
posted by hoskala at 2:52 PM on July 23, 2006


bob sarabia's link didn't work for me today. I tried this one and it worked to open my realPlayer: http://play.rbn.com/?url=ngm/bear/live/live.rm
posted by taosbat at 3:44 PM on July 23, 2006


...six bears a-fishing...
posted by LinusMines at 6:14 PM on July 24, 2006


This is just awesome. I'm back again. Thanks, Flashman!
posted by persona non grata at 8:00 PM on July 26, 2006


The MSM finally caught up with you, Flashman.Thanks again for the groovie link.
posted by taosbat at 11:17 AM on July 30, 2006


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