This bear was spotted at our third stop, on a small, rocky peninsula that sticks a few hundred meters out into Hudson Bay. Her companion, probably her two-year-old cub, showed up soon after.
Here we see the pair, approaching us while staying in the water. It was a pretty hot day, perhaps 25 degrees, and there were lots of biting flies around. Thick fur protects the bears from the flies everywhere except around their noses, but provides a heavy, effective layer of insulation that encourages the bears to hang out in the cold water.
Mom decided to check us out, while her cub seemed a bit more wary of us.
I really like this shot of the two of them looking at us.
After this encounter, we drove a bit further, stopping at another collection site. After we'd been there for a while, another bear showed up. I'll put up my pictures of him soon.