National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Brown Bears Breast a Flood for a Feast of Salmon Alaska's assortment of bears, among the world's most varied, includes grizzly, cinnamon, black, glacier, polar, and the great Alaska brown, or Kodiak, largest of land carnivores. Eskimos fear to boast in the bear's vicinity lest the beast hear and kill the braggart. These three wade the McNeil River near Kamishak Bay. Pincushion muzzle and frightful tusks give the clam-hunting wal rus an undeserved air of fierceness. The ponderous beasts owe their name to the Norse word hvalross, meaning "whale horse." Eskimos, wasting nothing, turn the walrus's tusks into carvings, stomach into knapsacks, and intes tines into windows and raincoats. This herd lolls in Bristol Bay.