Fat Bear Week Tournament Getting Tense As We Enter The Quarter Finals

  
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Fat Bear Week Tournament Getting Tense As We Enter The Quarter Finals
"You almost get the sense watching her that she’s getting fatter before your eyes,"

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Good news everybody, it's Fat Bear Week.

All summer, the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve , Alaska, have been gorging themselves in preparation for a long winter's hibernation. Having successfully packed on the pounds, it's time for the public to celebrate their achievement.

Every year, as is tradition, the Internet votes for the bear they deem to be the fattest. Last year Beadnose (pictured below) won the honor of being crowned the fattest bear. Unfortunately, she hasn't been spotted in the park this year, so she won't be partaking in the competition. Will previous champions 747 or Chunk take her place? Only you can decide.

The competition takes the form of a knockout tournament, with two bears going head-to-head each round. You vote by giving a like to whichever bear you deem to be the biggest round boi.

The bears each have their own technique for the weight-gain competition.

"Today's first match-up features a nervous nelly vs. a cool customer. Known as the head-bobbing lip-fisher, 775 Lefty entertained many a Brooks Camp visitor with his fishing prowess," Katmai National Park and Preserve wrote on Facebook .

"775 Lefty didn’t settle for leftovers. His spot on the river fed him a slippery salmon buffet. Two-time Fat Bear Week champion, 480 Otis, gets his substantial size by practicing a 'move less, eat more' fishing technique. This zen master's famous figure has earn ed him this spot in the fat bear bracket for the 5th time."

Whatever methods they use, the bears need to gain a lot of weight if they want to survive the winter. In the fall, brown bears can eat up to 40 kilograms (90 pounds) of food each day , and weigh up to twice as much before hibernation as they do after. To give you a sense of that, here's a gif showing last year's winner.

If you think the ones you've seen so far are heffers, you are mistaken. Coming up in the next round of the tournament are some real chonks, as we meet some of the bears who have put on so much weight they have been seeded, like Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, for being clear front-runners in the competition.

One to keep an eye on is bear 435, Holly, who will face off against 909 on Saturday, if this photo of her "beardonkadonk" is anything to go by.


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rom the sound of what Alaskan bear-viewing guide Drew Hamilton told  Mashable , she is the one to watch.

"You almost get the sense watching her that she’s getting fatter before your eyes," he told the website. "I watch bears professionally. I see more bears than just about anybody out there. This is next level."

Place your bets everyone, and head over to the Katmai National Park and Preserve Facebook page to watch the drama unfold.

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Trout Giggles
1  seeder  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

320

Here's a chart to keep track

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    3 weeks ago

It's that time already?

My how time flies jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    3 weeks ago

I started packing on my winter weight...on top of the weight I packed on for last winter.

Seriously, tho. Did you take a look at the article? There's a video of one of the contestants that someone shot just after she woke up from last winter's hibernation. She is sooooooooo thin! But she's getting the weight back

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    3 weeks ago

I wish the image weren't so small, but I will with the guy on the bottom.  "Party on Garth!"

 
 
 
Ender
2  Ender    3 weeks ago

That's the way to do it. Plop in a spot in the river, wait for the next salmon to come by.

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.1  Tacos!  replied to  Ender @2    3 weeks ago

Is that the belly-flop video? The thing that kind of disturbs me about that video is all the laughing humans. I think I like living (or at least not being mauled) too much to be hanging out at the river laughing at a bunch of grizzly bears.

We were staying in a cabin in the mountains once and mama black bear (much smaller than the brown grizzlies seen here, but still good sized) was on the other side of our front door one night. Literally a foot away from me separated only by the flimsy door. I about peed my pajamas.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.1  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @2.1    3 weeks ago

Flimsy door better than no door. I think I would have reacted the same way...haha

People are idiots. Like the ones that think they can walk up and pet a bison.

I don't think I have ever seen a bear. I know they are around in some places just never have.

Addendum, I just saw on our fisheries and wildlife, they estimate about only 50 bears in the whole state. Not that many. 

I have seen several gators.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.2  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

I'm fixing to go fishing/camping at a lake that has gaters next week.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.3  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.2    2 weeks ago

If you scan at night with a light you can see their eyes glow.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.4  Kavika   replied to  Ender @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

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Trout Giggles
2.1.5  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @2.1.4    2 weeks ago

Awesome

A funny story

The one time I went out there we were sleeping in a tent. We were pretty close to the water's edge and the waves kept slapping the sea wall. Well, I got a little stoned and a little drunk and thought those waves were alligators slapping their tails on the sea wall.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.6  Ender  replied to  Kavika @2.1.4    2 weeks ago

People can hunt them at certain times of the year here. I have seen people that slowly ride at night shining a spotlight on the banks of the river looking for their eyes.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.7  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

Maybe spotting one wouldn't be a good idea..  haha

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.8  Kavika   replied to  Ender @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

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Trout Giggles
2.1.9  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @2.1.8    2 weeks ago

Who would be stupid enough to molest an alligator?

You'd be the one molested

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.10  Ender  replied to  Kavika @2.1.8    2 weeks ago

I guess the ones molesting the gators ended up as lunch.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.11  Kavika   replied to  Ender @2.1.10    2 weeks ago

meanwhile-in-florida-the-alligators-have

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1.12  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

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Ender
2.1.13  Ender  replied to  Kavika @2.1.11    2 weeks ago

Haha.  Almost looks like the bears waiting in the river for a salmon to come by.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.14  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @2.1.12    2 weeks ago

I don't think I will show off my smart mouth to that young woman

 
 
 
cobaltblue
2.1.15  cobaltblue  replied to  Ender @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Flimsy door better than no door.

But they're always polite. 

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cobaltblue
2.1.16  cobaltblue  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.9    2 weeks ago
enough to molest an alligator

This guy. I think he's sayin' "take it all, bitch!" 

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Ender
2.1.17  Ender  replied to  cobaltblue @2.1.16    2 weeks ago

Oh Florida...

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FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH AN ALLIGATOR

A case of ereptile dysfunction? Tindr offline? Or just Florida being Florida?

Rupert Darwin, 59, pictured, was arrested at his Everglades home after it was discovered he kept a 12-foot-long alligator, pictured, tied and blindfold for the last month,   sexually assaulting the reptile   multiple times a day.
 
 
 
cobaltblue
2.1.18  cobaltblue  replied to  Ender @2.1.17    2 weeks ago
Oh Florida...

Oh. Dear. Gawd. Multiple times a day???? What the fuck??!? 

Then there's word on the street that some fella couldn't stand it if he made one misjudgment when cutting tile for his bathroom. He was a novice flipper and each time he screwed up, he'd smash the remaining tiles out of anger and frustration. Each time he'd go to Home Depot and buy more. He fessed up to smashing tiles and was contrite about not being able to control himself. "It's alright, buddy," the HD guy told him. "We have more people in here for a wrecked tile dysfunction than you would think." 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
2.1.19  al Jizzerror  replied to  cobaltblue @2.1.18    2 weeks ago
Multiple times a day????

Cum on, cobalt.

You're not the only multiorgasmic person.

Here's my card:

512

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
2.1.20  al Jizzerror  replied to  cobaltblue @2.1.18    2 weeks ago
Oh. Dear. Gawd. Multiple times a day???? What the fuck??!? 

That gator must have had quite a body.

She was Simply Irresistible.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.21  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  al Jizzerror @2.1.20    2 weeks ago

I can always count you guys to make a seed go there

that poor dumb alligator....

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
2.1.22  al Jizzerror  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.21    2 weeks ago
that poor dumb alligator....

Crocodile tears?

800

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    3 weeks ago

I think you have to like Lefty's chances. That is one corpulent bear.

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Trout Giggles
3.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @3    3 weeks ago

It looks so cuddly, doesn't it?

Until it wipes you off the map with one its paws....

 
 
 
Tacos!
3.2  Tacos!  replied to  Tacos! @3    3 weeks ago

Although, I think Grazer is the cutest with her fuzzy round ears.

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Split Personality
3.2.1  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @3.2    3 weeks ago

Nature has a sense of humor, lol

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Split Personality @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

It looks like all that salmon flavored cheesecake did the trick.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2.3  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.2.2    3 weeks ago

Ya know....I'm getting an idea....

 
 
 
Ender
3.2.4  Ender  replied to  Tacos! @3.2    3 weeks ago

I read an article about these people that bought what they thought was a rare dog breed in China. Took it home and then kept wondering why it just kept on growing and would stand up on its back legs...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.2.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2.3    3 weeks ago

Seriously?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2.6  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.2.5    2 weeks ago

Yeah...only it wouldn't be sweet. When Mr Giggles smokes a salmon we always make a pate with the salmon and cream cheese. I think you could make a "cheesecake" with Ritz crackers on the bottom of the pie plate, fill in with the pate, then layer more Ritz crackers over the top. It would be more like a dip than a pie, but I think it would work and taste good

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
4  al Jizzerror    3 weeks ago

I guess it's up to me to meme the obvious:

800

And this Barr is enormous! 

800

 
 
 
dave-2693993
4.1  dave-2693993  replied to  al Jizzerror @4    3 weeks ago

Are you channeling Davey Crocket of Daniel Boone?

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
4.1.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  dave-2693993 @4.1    2 weeks ago
Are you channeling Davey Crocket of Daniel Boone?

Didn't those guys shoot bears?

800

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  al Jizzerror @4    2 weeks ago
I guess it's up to me to meme the obvious:

Read your contract.  It's part of your job description...so deliver regularly, or else.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.2.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2    2 weeks ago

Or else what?

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
4.2.2  al Jizzerror  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2    2 weeks ago
It's part of your job description...

You may be right.

I searched Google images for "NewsTalkers".  Your avatar, and many other NewsTalker avatars, are included there there.  My avatar is not there.  One of my memes showed up though.

800

 

 
 
 
Ender
4.2.3  Ender  replied to  al Jizzerror @4.2.2    2 weeks ago

I had to look.  haha

I just typed in Newstalkers and hit images. Cobalt showed up on the first couple of lines.

I finally showed up way down, about a quick article I did on the Blue Angels being in town.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
4.2.4  al Jizzerror  replied to  Ender @4.2.3    2 weeks ago
Cobalt showed up on the first couple of lines.

She was also the most recognizable person on NewsVine.

Cobalt even came in second in Monopoly's beauty contest.

800

 
 
 
Ender
4.2.5  Ender  replied to  al Jizzerror @4.2.4    2 weeks ago

Second prize? What...are they blind?

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
4.2.6  al Jizzerror  replied to  Ender @4.2.5    2 weeks ago
Second prize? What...are they blind?

Ivanka sucked off all of the judges so she could cum in first. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.2.7  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
Or else what?

Or else...or else...  Well crap, I don't know.  I was trying to sound like a bad-ass bossy-bitch so Al would continue entertaining the masses here at NT.  I suck at the bad-ass bossy-bitch thing.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.2.8  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2.7    2 weeks ago

that's a good thing

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.2.9  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Ender @4.2.3    2 weeks ago
I had to look.

I did, too.  Saw some avatars I haven't seen in a while.  Got a smidge peeved when I came across this nightmare.   Didn't know he was still peddling his nonsense.

 
 
 
Ender
4.2.10  Ender  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2.9    2 weeks ago

Just when you think you forget about some....

 
 
 
cobaltblue
4.2.11  cobaltblue  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2.7    2 weeks ago
I suck

That'll keep al entertaining the masses. 

I too suck at being the bad-ass bossy-bitch thing. I take the passive "I intend to abuse your kind, trusting nature for the sake of my own moderate, short-lived amusement."  

 
 
 
cobaltblue
4.2.12  cobaltblue  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2.9    2 weeks ago
Didn't know he was still peddling his nonsense.

You mean "Mr. I Hate Gays (Btw Do You Have A Brother?)." Holy shit, that guy is gayer than a twirler in the pride parade! [Thank you, Will and Grace.]

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4.2.13  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  cobaltblue @4.2.11    2 weeks ago

I specialize in lessons on how to be a Bad-Ass Bossy-Bitch Thang.

 
 
 
cobaltblue
4.2.14  cobaltblue  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.2.13    2 weeks ago
Bad-Ass Bossy-Bitch Thang.

Yeah, but you're nice about it. Kinda like when you say to people "you're okay except for that constant inhaling and exhaling shit you do."

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.2.15  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.2.13    2 weeks ago

Those are a few of my favorite things - bad ass bossy bitch Ms. Thang, 

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.2.16  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4.2.9    2 weeks ago

'I did, too.  Saw some avatars I haven't seen in a while.  Got a smidge peeved when I came across  this nightmare.    Didn't know he was still peddling his nonsense'

Nightmare is right.  What an odd duck.

 
 
 
cobaltblue
4.2.17  cobaltblue  replied to  Ender @4.2.5    2 weeks ago
What...are they blind

Awww. Little do you know that when you're not looking, I stare at you like I stare at salted caramel cheesecake. 

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Seems that the park and Otis have a long relationship....

I'm going with Otis.

A bear in Alaska is now famous - and he probably has no idea why.

This week the   Katmai National Park Service   declared a brown bear named Otis to be the fattest bear caught on camera. The park decided with a   Facebook competition   after allowing visitors to vote on a series of photos of some of its resident bears. Otis's actual weight, however, remains a mystery.

Katmai National Park and Preserve

"We don't have a scale quite big enough," Anela Ramos, a representative for the Katmai National Park, told The Dodo about the roughly 20-year-old bear. "But we estimate about 1,000 pounds, give or take."

The average weight for a male brown bear is around   700 pounds .

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    2 weeks ago

A half-ton grizzly bear

He gets the right of way

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 weeks ago

Otis flunked out of Weight Watchers. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5.1.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @5.1.1    2 weeks ago
Otis flunked out of Weight Watchers.

Apparently more than once.

 
 
 
cobaltblue
5.1.3  cobaltblue  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 weeks ago
He gets the right of way

Like a fart is just a poop honkin' for right-of-way...

 
 
 
cobaltblue
5.1.4  cobaltblue  replied to  Kavika @5.1.1    2 weeks ago
Otis flunked out of Weight Watchers

How can you get so fat eating fish? That's it ... I'm sticking to my donut diet. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1.5  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  cobaltblue @5.1.4    2 weeks ago

They supplement with the occasional fatty human

 
 
 
Ender
5.1.6  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1.5    2 weeks ago

You know what they say. Just have to be able to run faster than the guy next to you.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.7  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    2 weeks ago

Where does a 1,000 pound bear sleep? . . . . . . 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
5.1.8  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Tessylo @5.1.7    2 weeks ago

wherever he wants

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  cobaltblue @5.1.4    2 weeks ago

Krispy Kreme donuts only.

 
 
 
cobaltblue
5.1.10  cobaltblue  replied to  Tessylo @5.1.9    2 weeks ago
Krispy Kreme donuts only

If I look out my front door across the lake, I can see the back facade of a Krispy Kreme from my house. It's like the house was meant for me to buy. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

He can have allll the room he wants. jrSmiley_12_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
It Is ME
8  It Is ME    2 weeks ago

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