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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bear teaches a wolf how to fish

I just found a very interesting news article which concerns the fact that a Wildlife photographer named Paul Stinsa indicates that he has photographed a wolf learning how to fish by watching a bear in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Some skeptics may read this and believe that this photographer may have photo-shopped the photos to gain some attention for himself, however as someone who has done some nature photography and also done some work in a darkroom, I believe his claims of seeing this fascinating interaction between these two animals is legitimate.

You can  see the photos Paul Stinsa took and read the news article about this interesting interaction by clicking on the following link:

If these photos do not convince people that animals are more cooperative and more intelligent than we give them credit for then what will?  Do you believe these photos are original or not?

Note:The photo above is not related to this experience Paul Stinsa had.


Paul said...

As the photographer of the wolf catching salmon, I can tell you that PhotoShop was used only to crop and lighten some areas of the photos. The wolf was standing in white water against a very dark background on an overcast day - in other words, the lighting wasn't great. So to expose properly for the wolf, the background rocks and plants needed to be lightened a bit for publication. That's the extent of Photoshop use. Additionally, you can see an actual video of the event taking place on youtube at or by searching youtube for "wolf,katmai". I photographed the wolf coming into the river and catching a salmon 15 times in the space of an hour and five minutes. Paul Stinsa

Wayne said...

Hi Paul,thank you for your comment regarding this blog post of mine.It is nice to see you are honest about the photo,as someone with alot of experience and training in photography I would have never been able to see that you used Photoshop relating to your photo.Thank you very much for posting the address of the video so I and others can view it.That must have been a wonderful and amazing experience for you.Seasons greetings to you,thanks for sharing this with me.

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