At first glance, these two bears on the edge of Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park can be mistaken for old fishing buddies. Hunched together and leaning into the water, the two almost seem downright friendly with one another—until one wrong step launches both animals into a quick but brutal brawl.

Each swipe of those paws can deliver crushing force and a bite from a brown bear is strong enough to break bowling balls.

Both fighters in this case happened to be bears and not fragile humans. Having pushed his opponent off the falls, the dominant bear soon notices that the commotion had scared the salmon away. After that, there was nothing left to do but take a celebratory belly flop.

Salmon fishing gets intense! Brawls and bellyflops on the #bearcam:

Posted by on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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