The photographer encountered an exceptionally unusual incident.
During a tour of the Canadian countryside, the photographer encountered an extremely unusual incident.
Kermode’s polar bear was spotted by Alexander Lay, a 24-year-old wildlife photographer, while exploring Gribbell Island in Canada.
The white spirit bear, commonly known as the Kermode bear, is one of the approximately 400 Kermode bears in the world, all of which live in British Columbia.
These superb bears are a subspecies of the American black bear, however they have white coats due to melanism, which is caused by a rare gene.
The photographer, based in Germany, discovered the remarkable views while fishing on a river deep in the forest. Alexander was delighted when he learned how lucky he was to see such a rare encounter.
“I was looking for different bears to photograph when a couple of black bears passed me”, the 24-year-old photographer told CaterNews.
“Suddenly a white beast appeared and walked straight towards me – I realized that it was Kermode’s bear”.
Although it was a wonderful experience, Alexander did not choose the location at random, as the Gribbell Islands are home to the most white spirit bears.
One out of every 10 bears is said to carry the regressive gene, giving them their characteristic white and cream hue.
“Being so close to this type of bear was an incredible experience that really surprised me”, Alexander added.
Alexander the Bear was nicknamed Boss by the locals when he filmed it on camera. And it’s easy to see how he earned a reputation for being powerful and domineering.