Welcome to Fat Bear Week 2019! Katmai National Park's bears spent the summer gorging on 4,500-calorie salmon, and they've transformed into rotund giants, some over 1,000 pounds. The park is holding its annual playoff-like competition for the fattest of the fat bears (you can vote online between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8), and Mashable will be following the ursine activity.
Drew Hamilton knew it immediately.
"Holly is going to win," he texted me.
Hamilton, who views bears professionally as an Alaskan bear viewing guide, landed in remote Katmai National and Preserve in late September. He was there to spy the bears before they climbed hills, dug dens, and went into hibernation. Read more...More about Science, Bears, Fat Bear Week 2019, Science, and Animals