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Out of the ocean comes a bear shocking Florida beachgoers by swimming.

Bear shocks Florida beachgoers by swimming out of the ocean

Bear shocks Florida beachgoers by swimming out of the ocean

Beachgoers in Destin, Florida were left speechless when they spotted a black bear cub cooling off in the ocean on a hot Sunday afternoon. The cub was spotted swimming in the Gulf of Mexico’s refreshing blue waters by stunned beach lovers taking in the midday sun on the crowded beach before emerging out of the water to Gambol in delight. Videos of the encounter, which took place last weekend, have gone viral on social media.

In one clip, the furry youngster can be seen effortlessly swimming in the ocean while a woman off-camera quips, “I guess he’s on vacation, too!” Eventually, the cub makes his way closer to the shore and is seen gamboling in knee-deep water among human beachgoers. “It’s a bear!” some people are heard exclaiming in shock.

One eyewitness, Chris Barron, shared a video of the critter’s beach adventure and tweeted: “A bear just swam from way out in the ocean to shore in Destin. Insane.” Jennifer Majors Smith, who also shared several recordings of the wild encounter on Facebook, confirmed it was a sight to behold and said, “Never have I ever seen a black bear swim up out of the Gulf Coast and onto the beach (and I’m from Pensacola).”

Smith, who now lives in Nashville and was on vacation in the Florida Panhandle with her family, recalled that at first, no one on shore could tell what was going on in the ocean. “A man was yelling out ‘Bear!’ You would expect ‘shark or dolphin’ but not bear. It came out of the Gulf and looked tired but relieved,” she recounted. “We were all shocked by and amazed to see what we saw. We were all glad to see him safe from the water.”

Having had his fill of the Florida beach scene, the young bear made a beeline for nearby sand dunes and vanished from view near a condominium. Chris Kirby, a charter boat captain, told Al.com that it’s not uncommon for bears to swim in the Gulf – something he said he has seen multiple times. “There are a lot of bears at Eglin Air Force Base. They swim across the bay. Sometimes they go for a joy swim,” he said. “Everybody’s just got cell phones now and they get pictures.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that there are more than 4,000 black bears in Florida.

FAQs

Q: Is it unusual for bears to swim in the ocean?
A: No, bears swimming in the ocean is not uncommon, especially in the Florida Gulf where there is a large population of bears.

Q: Are there a lot of black bears in Florida?
A: Yes, there are more than 4,000 black bears in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Q: Was anyone injured during the encounter?
A: No, no one was injured during the encounter. The bear eventually made its way back into the woods after cooling off in the ocean.

Bear shocks Florida beachgoers by swimming out of the ocean
Bear shocks Florida beachgoers by swimming out of the ocean

Swimming out of the ocean, bear causes shock among Florida beachgoers

Beachgoers in Destin, Florida were in for a wild surprise on August 23 when a black bear cub was spotted splashing in the surf to beat the heat. Videos of the adorable bear taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico made waves on social media, showing the young cub swimming gracefully in the refreshing waters before emerging onto a crowded beach.

Temperatures in the area soared to the mid-80s and it appears the bear understood that the best way to cool off was by taking a swim. Onlookers were stunned by the sight of a wild bear frolicking just off the shore and eventually gamboling among the humans in knee-deep water.

According to eyewitness accounts, the bear eventually made his way to nearby sand dunes, where he disappeared from view near a condominium. Local charter boat captain Chris Kirby explained that it’s not uncommon for bears to swim in the Gulf, and that he has seen similar sightings before.

Although a rare sight, this bear encounter highlights the abundance of black bears in Florida, estimated to number over 4,000 according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Despite the shock and excitement, all were relieved to see the bear emerge from the water safely.

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