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Trick or Treat: Salmon Style!

Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Just in time for Halloween, National Geographic reports that some scientists wear animal costumes to get closer to their research subjects. In BC, University of Victoria biologist Tom Reimchen and his students draped themselves in black and white fabric and waded into a fishing hole in the Great Bear rainforest. Why? To see if the white fur of spirit bears gives them an advantage in catching salmon. Turns out it does – salmon proved to be less evasive to the white costumes. Naturally, this results in lots of blood and guts as the bears subsequently feast on their catch. Check it out in this beautiful (and only mildly bloody) slideshow of the Spirit Bear feasting.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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