Kodiak Bear Cam

Kodiak Bear Cam

Kodiak bears are only found in the islands of Alaska. The area, which is called the Kodiak Archipelago, has caused these bears to be isolated from other bears for over 10,000 years. It is recognized as one of the two largest bears in the world today.

Only the polar bear is larger. Kodiak bears are also showing impressive population growth rates, with more than 3,500 bears on the Archipelago according to current counts.

Interesting Facts About Kodiak Bears

#1. Kodiak Bears are one of the largest North American animals that are not on an endangered species list. Their population numbers are quite low compared to other species, but through management and isolation, these bears are able to thrive.

#2. These bears are often referred to as the largest carnivore in the world, but they’re actually an omnivore. Berries, plants, and various grasses are just as important to their diet as catching fish during a salmon run. Because of their size, it is rare for a Kodiak bear to actually try to chase down an animal to have a meal.

#3. Kodiak bears have a rather long lifespan. Female bears, which are called sows, have a documented lifespan that is above 30 years of age. Male bears, which are called boars, will typically live around 20 years. The oldest known boar reached the age of 27.

#4. Most Kodiak bear cubs will stay with their mothers for a minimum of 3 years. This is because the primary cause of death for these young bears comes from attacks initiated by male Kodiaks. 1 in 4 Kodiak cubs will be killed before they reach the age where they’ll leave their mother.

#5. Kodiak bears have co-existed with humans for thousands of years and the encounters are generally peaceful. The bears that are most likely to cause trouble are those that have recently left their mothers since they are still trying to find their way in the world.

#6. The Kodiak bear does not hibernate in the same way other bear species do. Kodiak bears will “den” instead. Denning generally begins in October, with the sows who are pregnant starting the process. Male bears will begin denning in November or December, but some bears may choose to stay awake all winter long. The bears that do start the denning process will not emerge until April. If cubs are born during the season, then they may not emerge until June or July.

#7. About 5,000 hunters apply for permits every year to hunt these bears and only 10% will receive one. If someone from outside of Alaska obtains a bear permit, they must pay a professional guide to assist them and the cost of this can exceed $20,000.

Live Kodiak Bear Cams

September and October are the two best months to catch Kodiak bears on a web camera. Some sightings also occur in July as mothers and their cubs emerge from denning.

View Brooks Falls, Katami National Park Kodiak Bear Cam.

View Katami Lower River Bear Cam.

Kodiak bears really aren’t fierce hunters. They prefer scavenging a meal, so these bears really aren’t picky eaters. Here’s a group of bears who stumble upon a whale and decide it’s time to eat.

Chama Yard Railcams

“A Place Born For Those Too Late” the secluded New Mexico mountain village of Chama is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s western terminus.

Once recognized as a junction located on the San Juan Extension North from Alamosa to Durango, Colorado the Cumbres & Toltec section between Chama and Antonito, Colorado is today maintained as a 65-mile-long memorial known for having some of the most remarkably beautifully isolated mountains scenic landscape in existence today.

Interesting Facts About Chama Railroad

• A trip to Chama takes you back to the 1950s and a time when the railroad serving as a Class I railroad offered regular steam service served before being shut down in 1968. Later through the efforts of a group of volunteers joined by the states of Colorado and New Mexico Chama’s railroad has today become one of the most historic sites in the United States.

• Chama’s railroad yard serving between five to six of the railroad’s ten locomotives is recognized as having the Rio Grande’s largest collection of railroad equipment in existence.

Chama Yard Railcams

Chama’s south-facing railcam shows locomotives at the yard’s Engine House readied and loaded at the Depot as well as cars being switched at the yard. While the north-facing railcam shows locomotives at the double-spouted tank collecting water and taking coal from a loader.

Occasionally you might spot a deer each day at about dusk. Chama’s Depot camera offers viewers a first-hand view of the equipment and historic Rio Grande Depot. Tune in each morning for a spectacular Chama sunrise.

View Chama Yard North and South-facing Webcams.

Orca Killer Whale Webcams

Often referred to as a “killer whale,” the orca is actually a member of the dolphin family. It’s the largest dolphin known in the world right now. What makes the orca unique is that even though they are one species, they can have many different hunting habits.

Based on how local prey reacts, orcas have been observed circling, beaching, and other unique hunting behaviors that are not observed in every pod because they adapt to the local environment.

Interesting Facts About Orcas

#1. Orcas are considered to be an “apex predator.” This means there are no natural predators which may attack them for food. Because of this, orcas tend to hunt in groups, called a “pod,” and their reputation is quite fierce. This is why the Spanish called them ballena asesina, or “Assassin Whale,” which is how we get the name “killer whale.”

#2. Orcas are naturally large creatures. They can be up to 30 feet in length and average about 6 tons in total weight. The largest orca ever discovered actually weight 11 tons, which is the equivalent of 22,000 pounds – twice what the average orca weighs.

#3. Every orca is a carnivore. They typically prefer to eat fish, but aren’t afraid to go catch a seal from time to time. They tend to co-exist with sharks, but aren’t afraid to attack one if they are hungry or need to defend one of their young.

#4. Orcas are very social creatures. The pods are always headed by the oldest female of the group. It takes a minimum of three orcas to form a pod, but there isn’t a maximum number that is currently known. Researchers have observed orca pods that number in the hundreds. This makes it possible for a pod to consist of up to five generations of the same family.

#5. An orca has incredible hearing. Like many sea creatures, they practice echolocation as part of their hunting process. This allows them to have better hearing than a bat. They also have a strong sense of sight, but are not believed to possess the sense of smell.

#6. Orcas have one of the most complex languages in the animal kingdom. Like other dolphins, they produce clicks and whistles, but they make other sounds as they communicate as well. Orcas have been observed snapping their jaws and creating a popping sound in the bass frequencies. Each pod has a unique call as well, which is taught to their young soon after birth.

#7. The orca brain never completely shuts down. Half of their brain sleeps at a time, allowing the orca to be able to surface in order to breathe.

Live Orca Killer Whale Cams

There are currently more than 50 orcas that are held in captivity in the world today. About half of them were captured in the wild. Several countries have passed laws which prohibit holding orcas in captivity. These are the top web cams which can help you see how orcas live in the wild.

View Cracroft Point Surface Killer Whale Webcam.

View OrcaLab: Hanson Island Killer Whale Cam.

One of the top locations to view orcas in the wild is in Puget Sound, Washington.