Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Kat­mai Nation­al Park is one of the best places in the world to watch wild griz­zlies. Now, thanks to EXPLORE.org, you can now do it from the com­fort of home.

They’ve set up remote-con­trol cam­eras to cap­ture one of North Amer­i­ca’s great­est wildlife spec­ta­cles. Each year, up to 100 griz­zlies gath­er at Brooks Falls to feast on Sock­eye Salmon.

Keep the feed open all day. It takes patience or luck to watch one nab a leap­ing salmon.

 

 

Brooks Falls in Kat­mai Nation­al Park is a kayaker’s worst night­mare. Below the falls, on top of the falls, and all along the banks are dozens of hun­gry griz­zly bears. They’re feed­ing on spawn­ing salmon mak­ing this rapid at least a Class VI. Even tak­ing pho­tos from the bank would be dan­ger­ous. It’s one of those scenes that a Plan­et Earth film crew would sit for days to get the per­fect jaws-agape-as-a-salmon-leaps-into-fangs kind of footage. Now you can watch it from the com­fort of your liv­ing room.

Explore.org first estab­lished the stream­ing HD footage of these feed­ing griz­zlies for a two-week test peri­od in 2012. Web traf­fic showed a healthy appetite for watch­ing hun­gry bears. Mil­lions of peo­ple tuned in. The bears became an inter­na­tion­al­ly trend­ing Twit­ter top­ic, which made them the biggest griz­zly celebri­ties in the his­to­ry of the world.

Now they’re back. The 2012 suc­cess has lead explore.org to launch six more cam­eras that are oper­at­ed by remote con­trol from near­by Brooks Camp Alas­ka, a local bear view­ing sta­tion. There’s an under­wa­ter cam­era and an eye lev­el cam, and they both pro­vide access to what was once a very rare view­point of the feed­ing frenzy.

Watch­ing it though, your first thought might be “When are they going to catch one?” Some of the bears seem to enjoy the mas­sage of the rapids like they’re sit­ting on the jets of a Jacuzzi more than active­ly feed­ing on salmon. But that’s why watch­ing is so mesmerizing.

These bears are unedit­ed. We’re not shown all fang and claw. These cams pro­vide the less­er-seen por­tray­al of docile griz­zlies. Some of the bears seem like under­dogs. They’re woe­ful­ly inef­fec­tive in their claw swats for fish. Oth­ers choose expert posi­tions, and you can see them schem­ing in their attempts. It’s sur­pris­ing­ly enter­tain­ing. With all of the gawk-cen­tric, heav­i­ly edit­ed footage fea­tured in the media, films, and on the Inter­net, this live feed is a strange reminder of the rhythm and pace of the nat­ur­al world.