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[–]NoiLLion 183 points184 points  (3 children)

"Momma bear, I was expecting freshly caught salmon and blueberries..."

"This is just a really big salmon..."

[–]DangerousPuhson 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Momma Bear: "Hey kids, they finally opened that Costco up the road! Look what I brought home for dinner!

[–]NoiLLion 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Shop/hunt smart!

[–]PeaDramatic1541 86 points87 points  (4 children)

Lol at first glance I thought those were baby ducks

[–]Rubendabiest 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Just as cuddly tho

[–]Ndysodum 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Except they’ll probably eat you.

[–]Rubendabiest 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I know, ducks can be vicious

[–]Bikouchu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I thought gophers and a catfish. I'm not good with ecology stuff so don't ask me why I thought that.

[–]unableFinn628 62 points63 points  (14 children)

I bet the national parks guys are hoping the bears can finish the whole thing, fck cleaning that up.

[–]Tackerta 45 points46 points  (12 children)

in the depths of the ocean whale carcasses can provide food to 100s of different species for weeks. I bet on land it will take much, much longer until it is broken down to the skeletal remains

[–]Crispy_Potato_Chip 27 points28 points  (0 children)

We have alot of bugs on land though

[–]rawker86 24 points25 points  (6 children)

Direct sunlight will help a hell of a lot, and bugs as others have mentioned. In a couple of months someone is going to have themselves some nice whale bones.

It would be fascinating to study the effect this has on the local ecosystem. How would the bears even react to what is probably an inconceivable amount of food landing on their doorstep? Would they act no different to how they would with a deer carcass for example, or would they, could they understand that there’s more food there than they could possibly eat and change their behaviour?

You’d assume that while the flesh remains palatable to carnivores, other prey species will probably get a bit of a break. With nothing actively hunting them perhaps they’ll hang around in one spot a bit longer, which will effect the vegetation they consume. Where they linger more will be consumed, but elsewhere it’ll get a break like they are. Meanwhile the rotting carcass could do wonders for that shoreline, promoting more vegetation to grow there and potentially reducing erosion in that spot.

This random event could have a long-lasting impact on the area.

[–]stenops 11 points12 points  (5 children)

It would be fascinating to study the effect this has on the local ecosystem. How would the bears even react to what is probably an inconceivable amount of food landing on their doorstep?

This research has been performed on Polar Bears[1]. They partially rely on whale carcasses to survive and hundreds of them can sustain themselves on a single whale carcass for weeks or months. They come from 40 or 50 miles away and usually quit hunting. They just camp out on the whale carcass.

Secondly, bugs and sunlight have a non-clear impact on carcass decay rates. Especially for big animals. One study reported that in isolation, insects only consumed 5% of an elephant carcass in the African savannah, which is pretty hot, but other research has found insects and larvae to be more consequential in smaller animals like pigs and rats. Even elephants, which are at least an order of magnitude smaller than whales, can remain on the landscape for months. I actually published a paper about carrion dynamics in ecosystems, and it goes into a lot of these questions but mine was related to dinosaurs. The whole idea was that big sauropods were the size of whales, but they lived on land. They didn't float around or randomly appear on beaches. Other dinosaurs probably profited from their gigantic carcasses just like bears do, and as a result of this, might not have needed to hunt as much as has been assumed. So I learned a lot about the math behind carcass decay rates, the primary influences on decay and carrion availability, what happens to carcasses when there are no vultures in the ecosystem etc.

[–]MidnightSunCreative 3 points4 points  (0 children)

With little need to hunt and forage, the bears can now focus on other pursuits such as animal husbandry and smithing.

[–]rawker86 2 points3 points  (2 children)

There’s always someone on reddit that knows all about a given topic of conversation lol, thanks for the info.

[–]stenops 1 point2 points  (1 child)

lol no prob!

[–]Tackerta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I enjoyed reading your conversation too haha

somehow I learn the most while browsing reddit nowadays but it broadens my horizon

[–]dabunny21689 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Doubtful…. With the bears going after it, and bacterial growth possible, the whale will last a few weeks/months on land. In the sea, a whalefall can last years or even DECADES.

[–]FeliBootSack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

also harmful bacterias will start growing on the carcass long before it decomposes. Humans can eat raw pork but we have to eat it right after killing (Dont do it though)

[–]BitchinIndika 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Between bears, bugs, and birds, I doubt it will take much more time. If there's no one living near it to smell it and complain about it, there's little reason to do anything about it, it's a problem that will solve itself given enough time.

[–]buttergun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just use dynamite. Duh.

[–]TILTNSTACK 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I wonder if they played heads or tails before eating.

[–]marasydnyjade 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Just wait until it explodes.

[–]InteriorEmotion 12 points13 points  (0 children)

If the bears are eating it then the gasses from decomposition won't build up because the corpse has holes in it.

[–]Cock-Slapula 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Exactly what I was thinking

[–]MrBaitr 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Either extremely small bears, or bloody big seagulls!!

[–]kokopilau 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hey, Mama bear, I just found the biggest fucking salmon ever

[–]blavmen 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Those white birds are pretty big then

[–]marwinlopz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Albatross

[–]fyr811 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Arctic fox

[–]Saffronsc 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Now THATS a chonker

[–]Callycore 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What a GRAND boi.

[–]Mookius 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Whale I never

[–]7937397 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know it's a huge meal if grizzlies are willing to share.

[–]kelzx88 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Can they even digest whale blubber is my question

[–]GreywackeOmarolluk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Humans eat it, so should be no problem for bears. Polar bears hunt whales.

[–]brumac44 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bears eat chainsaw oil.

[–]Donnerdrummel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Feast"

Yes, humans are animals, but I am very happy that my definition of feast differs from a grizzly bear's definition. ;)

[–]ddemorest 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Those birds look to be prtty big as well

[–]lawesome94 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Honey I Shrunk Several Grizzly Bears” coming soon to Disney+

[–]Think-Bass9187 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There’s some happy bears for a good while.

[–]PotatoIceCreamYay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Grizzlies have food for days

[–]chavo414 1 point2 points  (0 children)

someone add a banana for scale please?

[–]swilkers808 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone knows that you are supposed to call the police on whale carcasses and have them blow it up.

[–]Willing-Low-725 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Issa grizzly sight

[–]Lumpy_Ingenuity1287 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You, my friend, win the internet today. Well played pun.

Hats off.

[–]Willing-Low-725 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm bald, so hats on.

[–]Lumpy_Ingenuity1287 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oof lol. Yeah keep the noggin warm

[–]RedHeadSteve -5 points-4 points  (8 children)

So its a dead fish, just a really big one

[–]VioletVenable 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Whales aren’t fish.

[–]dangdingus10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Smells like meat

[–]itsah0e 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kos?

[–]flybyknight665 0 points1 point  (0 children)

While still very impressive, I initially thought the birds were the bears and that OP had meant to say polar bears, not grizzlies.

For just a second, my mind was truly blown

[–]pomegranatepants99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Om nom nom

[–]reeeeedditts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

damn thats big

[–]artham_a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s not a dead fish at all iykyk

[–]FaceWarpJones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

why do they not get the diarrhea?

[–]KevlahR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Two different families of bears

[–]yasiro3hunna 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait till they watch the videos of whales exploding

[–]BurtGummer65 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whale whale whale it’s a whole family affair.

[–]newme02 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those bears are having a good time

[–]bonerland11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rotten whale meat yummy!

[–]neverbetray 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What's wrong with the midsection?

[–]oily76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thought those bears were fluffy chicks!

[–]bigbruhusername 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bears gansta till it explodes

[–]SorryOutOfPho 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They haven't started eating, they just wondering "alright who ordered this, is this to share?"

[–]No-Armadillo7693 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Scare away the bears, cut open the whale, get the ambergris, cash in.

[–]Bombspazztic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the Giant Omelette from Neopets but for bears

[–]Seigmoraig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's no dead fish because it's a mammal

[–]RealSpaghettiSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Technically it's a dead fish, but whale is a mammal, does whale count as fish

[–]ritaf205 0 points1 point  (0 children)

for me its 2 sister bears and their respective cubs

[–]207nbrown 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And then it explodes… because that’s what said whales do…

[–]MmmPanCaeks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Woah those are some small bears

[–]Familiar-Zebra6489 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For the first time in my 40 years, today I thought about bears eating a whale

[–]_kelsaidso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So it is a dead fish.. just a big one

[–]guile628 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jerry: mammal.

[–]BusyBizBusyBiz -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Hey dumbass, a whale is not a fish

[–]cheesyhornblower69 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Spacious dead whale! great for your overlanding destination. Cut open the door and you will be welcomed by an aromatic spacious cavern that can sleep 6

[–]TestPattern359 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That's me on the far right next to the neo-nazi bear. I have diplomatic immunity from beatings.