Ursa Major Tourist: Bear in Marion frolics in ocean, visits fire station before Memorial Day weekend

MARION, Mass — A bear got a head start on Memorial Day weekend, cooling off in ocean waters and visiting the sights in Marion Thursday.

The black bear was spotted taking a dip near the docks in Buzzard’s Bay. Saltworks Marine shared footage from a witness, shocked at the sight of the creature confidently swimming in the sea.

The bear stopped by! Kenleigh tried to get him to help her clean CHASE’s hull…. he dicided to go for a swim instead. Maybe he is headed to shop for a job interview? Teddy Talbot

Posted by Saltworks Marine on Thursday, May 25, 2023

It seems like the ocean was the bear’s first stop of the day.

Thursday morning, Marion Fire/EMS shared a photo of the black bear hanging out near one of the department’s trucks.

“We are taking applications but this is at a different level. We will put him on the ladder company and give it a try,” wrote Marion Fire/EMS on Facebook.

The bear was also spotted near Converse Road Wednesday.

“As with any wild animal of this size, please refrain from feeding it or approaching it. We also recommend that you keep pets indoors,” says Marion Fire/ EMS.

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