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A very cute Polar Bear Cub (Ursus maritimus) playfully rolling in the snow 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.

The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline, and remains a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples.

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  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieabout 3 years ago

    Looks like he’s really enjoying the snow – first time for this cub?

  • Thanks Barbie, yes I think this is a first year cub.

    – Martin Smart

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesabout 3 years ago

    What a blissful look he has! Lovely work.

  • Thank you very much Norah!

    – Martin Smart

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Martin!

  • Thank you very much Joycee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Martin

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathabout 3 years ago

    excellent shot… reminds me of my Cocker but on a much much bigger scale

  • Thanks very much Gary!

    – Martin Smart

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    awww so so adorable.. I wanna bear hug!!!

  • Lol, glad you like it Lina, thanks so much for your kind words!

    – Martin Smart

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtabout 3 years ago

    Awww, so cute and playful. Wonderful capture…well done Martin.
    Cheers, Louise

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Louise!

    – Martin Smart

  • peechez2010
    peechez2010about 3 years ago

    I love this. Thank you for the smile :) Peechez

  • You’re welcome Peechez, thanks very much for your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lunaria
    Lunariaabout 3 years ago

    Great capture; love it; a fav.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments and the fav Lunaria!

    – Martin Smart

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazorabout 3 years ago


    Love it! (Nov 12, 2011)

  • Many thanks for the feature Linda, very much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

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