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WINNER of the Wolves and Bears! Challenge in the Animals As They Should Be Group

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Featured in “World Wildlife Photography” November 2011
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Photo of the week in the Playful Photogenic Animals Group – November 7th 2011

A pair of Polar Bear Cubs (Ursus maritimus) sharing a tender moment during play on the shores of the Beaufort Sea, Kaktovik, Alaska, USA

The village of Kaktovik is situated on Barter Island, a small island 3 miles by 2 miles just off the arctic coastline from ANWR. The island has a large saltwater lagoon located on the east side which provides sheltered anchorage for village fishing vessels.

The village is inhabited by approximately 250 Native Inupiat “Eskimo” people whose subsistence has been dependent on hunting marine mammals and whales for thousands of years and in a tightly controlled hunt permitted by federal law are allowed a harvest quota of three bowhead whales during the hunting season.

The carcasses of the butchered whales are left on the beaches and provide an attractive food source on which polar Bears can scavenge. Pack ice covers this area of the Beaufort Sea surface for 9 months of the year and during this time the bears feed mainly on seals that live under the arctic ice. However in mid summer when the pack ice moves offshore the polar bears are often marooned on shore where food sources are limited. The bears often therefore enter the fall season hungry and have keyed into the valuable food source provided by the carcasses of he butchered whales.

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polar bear, ursus maritimus, ice bear, arctic, arctic circle, carnivore, vulnerable species, kaktovik, barter island, alaska, bear cubs

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Comments

  • linaji
    linajialmost 3 years ago

    OH my.. what an incredible life… stunning wildlife work Martin

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Lina!

    – Martin Smart

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 3 years ago

    OMG – I want to take a photo like this….FANTASTIC capture

  • Thank you so much Loree!

    – Martin Smart

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 3 years ago

    Omg, this is adorable, I love this shot, how lucky you are Martin :)

  • Glad you like it Elaine, thank you very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 3 years ago

    Please add to Awesome Animals and Underwater group

  • Thanks for the introduction to this group Elaine, the image has been added!

    – Martin Smart

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 3 years ago

    stunning shot !

  • Thank you very much Elaine!

    – Martin Smart

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, magnificent! These are such beautiful animals and strong graceful symbols of our north!
    Extraordinary shot!

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Joanne!

    – Martin Smart

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Martin!!

  • Thank you so much Joycee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    stunning :)

  • Thank you very much Angie!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 3 years ago

    BRAVO! I “shutter” to think about this awesome capture!!! ;-)) M wonders if one of these bears has a tattoo on its calf. Really, this is terrific. No, make that sublime. It’s COLD up there now in polar bear-ville. Brrrrrrr! WG

  • ROFL!! Gina please tell Mark I didn’t notice any tattoos or indeed anything of any consequence below the knees!! Thanks so much for your kind words!….I guess the lagoon will be completely frozen over by now?

    – Martin Smart

  • talidepablos
    talidepablosalmost 3 years ago

    Great work

  • Thank you very much Natalia!

    – Martin Smart

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