Florida is a coastal state in the United States, known for its sun, sand and marine life. However, it is also home to some less common animals, such as bears. Yes, you heard that right, a bear.
At noon on June 11, a black bear ran along the shore of Destin, a coastal town in the Panhandle region of northwest Florida, attracting the attention of many tourists and locals. One of the tourists with binoculars was surprised to see the bear jump into the Gulf of Mexico and start playing in the water.
The tourist immediately took out his phone and captured the rare scene, and uploaded the video to social media. In the video, the bear can be seen splashing in the water and seems to be enjoying the cool feeling. It sometimes dives underwater, sometimes surfaces, and from time to time looks towards the shore as if it is looking for something.
The video soon caused a lot of discussion among netizens, with some expressing surprise, some expressing curiosity, and some expressing concern. Some people also teased that the bear might be trying to go on vacation, or trying to find its soul mate. However, some also pointed out that the bear might have gotten lost or driven away by other animals, as it should not be in such a place.
So, how exactly did the bear reach the coast? What dangers and challenges would it have encountered in the water? And how will it return to its habitat? Let’s continue reading below and explore this interesting topic together.
Due to increasing human activity in recent years, the bears’ habitat and food sources are under threat. Some bears have had to leave their familiar places to find new places to live. George is one of them.
On June 11, this young bear, perhaps driven away by other stronger bears or smelling food in the distance, decided to head south, hoping to find a safe and productive place. It made its way through forests, fields and roads, eventually arriving in the coastal city of Destin.
It probably felt curious and excited when it saw the azure waters and stretches of sandy beaches. It may have never seen such a view or experienced such a feeling before. It may want to explore this new and strange world, or it may want to eliminate the fatigue of a long journey. So, without hesitation, it jumped into the water and started its journey to the sea.
The tourists were surprised and amused to see this scene. They all took out their cell phones or cameras to record this rare scene. Some people also gave the bear a nickname, “Water Bear”. They thought the bear was cute, funny and had a lot of personality.
However, not everyone felt welcome and friendly to the bear. Some people are worried that the bear will be harmful to humans or other marine life, or that they will be in danger. They are calling on the authorities to capture the bear and return it to its original location as soon as possible.
In fact, these fears are not unreasonable. Although bears are not animals that actively attack humans, they will defend themselves or fight back if they are threatened or provoked. Also, swimming in the ocean is not an easy task for bears. They may encounter sharks, jellyfish or other dangerous creatures, or they may feel uncomfortable because of the current, temperature or salt. What’s more, if they stay in the sea for too long, they may become disoriented and unable to return to land.
To protect the bear and humans, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sent professional staff and volunteers to monitor and track the bear. Using helicopters, boats and drones, they observed the bear’s movements and status. They found that the bear swam in the water for about an hour, then climbed up to the shore by itself and continued to the south. They decided to anesthetize and capture the bear at the right time, and then return it to its original habitat.
The story of this bear has attracted a lot of attention and discussion. Some believe that this bear was a brave explorer who demonstrated the intelligence and adaptability of bears. Others believe that this bear is a poor wanderer who reflects the plight and suffering of bears. Either way, this bear brings us an important message about the increasingly close and complex relationship between humans and wildlife. How we should deal with this relationship and how to protect the environment where wildlife and humans coexist is a question we need to think and act on.
This incident of a bear swimming off the coast, though just a small episode, brings to light a big topic, that is, the relationship between humans and nature. In this relationship, we are both observers and participants, both influencers and influenced. How should we live in harmony with nature, how to protect its diversity and balance, how to respect its laws and values, these are the questions we need to think and practice.