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Watch a huge Kamchatka brown bear hunting for salmon underwater in a Russian river

Incredible underwater images have captured intimate images of a huge Kamchatka brown bear hunting for salmon. The action shots show the nine-foot-tall, 95-stone bear with his face beneath the surface of the water as it searches for its prey.

The enormous bear hunting its prey. Image by Michel Roggo / NPL / mediadrumworld.com

Other stunning snaps show the bear with a Sockeye salmon in its paw ready to eat while it is pictured relaxing on the riverbed in other photographs. The close-up pictures were taken in the Ozernaya River, Kuril Lake, South Kamtchatka Sanctuary, Russia, by Swiss professional photographer Michel Roggo, from Fribourg, as part of his Freshwater Project.

Sockeye salmon trying to escape the bear’s clutches. Image by Michel Roggo / NPL / mediadrumworld.com

Kamchatka brown bears are generally not dangerous to humans, and only 1% of encounters result in attack. Kamchatka brown bears are among the most prized trophies for the Russian hunting industry. In 2005 the Kamchatka Department of Wildlife Management issued 500 hunting permits. Clients paid up to $10,000 to hunt bears. Thus, the economic impacts from recreational hunting of Kamchatka brown bears are significant.

Lunch! Image by Michel Roggo / NPL / mediadrumworld.com

Michel Roggo is internationally recognized as a specialist in freshwater photography. He has exhibited his work in over thirty solo exhibitions, and has been a prize winner in competitions such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In 2010, with 25 years of experience and more than 100 expeditions worldwide, he started The Freshwater Project: photographing freshwater locations from across the globe, this in compliance with the values and ethical standards of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. He finished the project in 2017, with 40 photographed freshwater locations.

By Mark McConville/mediadrumworld.com