While Mary Maley was kayaking from Ketchikan to Petersburg, something unexpected happened: A bear attacked her kayak. And then something equally surprising happened: More than 3 million people watched the video of it on YouTube.
Alaska Dispatch News tells the story: Maley was on Day 5 of what she was expecting to be a 20-day trip. She pulled her kayak ashore 22 miles southeast of Wrangell to eat lunch and hike. “And as I was eating lunch I heard something outside, so I went outside and the bear was eating my kayak. So I immediately tried to make loud noises.” When the bear didn’t back off, Maley grabbed her pepper spray and her camera. Which is where the video begins.
Here is the video.