A male Black Bear, likely weighing between 400-500 pounds, at rest in the intertidal zone while taking a break from fishing for salmon.
I've been fortunate to spend a lot of time around many dozens of bears over the last several years; learning to read their body language and to constantly keep watch for signs of stress and aggression. This has allowed for some memorable close encounters - keeping both the bear's and my own safety in mind.
Not once during my time around bears have I ever felt threatened. Yet sadly, all over the world, these wonderful animals are misunderstood, and subsequently, persecuted.
Though I don't recommend getting this close to a wild bear, I strongly encourage you all to read up on these incredibly interesting animals, learn how to safely explore bear country, or better yet, seek out an opportunity to see them for yourself.