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Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) have time to kill, waiting for the grip of winter to return and once again freeze the sea at Cape Churchill, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba Canada.

They’ve been fasting since the spring and summer melted the sea ice which they need to hunt seals. But though they haven’t eaten in months, the bears are remarkably well tempered and the males take this time to hang out together and do what guys do… roughhouse and tell jokes.

OK, they don’t really tell jokes. At least not ones that human onlookers get. After all, it’s serious business for them. They need to sort out dominance hierarchies so they know where they stand should they meet each other again, out on the ice, as winter competitors.

And these days, with rising global temperatures, they have challenges to meet bigger than other adult bears. In 2010, four weeks less ice brought battles with serious food stress. Churchill now has a new rescue center for cubs who are being abandon by mothers who don’t have enough food reserves to produce milk for young cubs.

50% of my profits from sales of all Cape Churchill images will be donated to Polar Bears International.

Shot using:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens


Featured by the groups:
Bears of the world November 9 2010
Photography Challenge Group November 16 2010

Top Ten Challenge Winner in:
Caption Fun So happy together May 2011

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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Comments

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 4 years ago

    OH! Yeah…they are telling jokes…for sure…look at them laughing…love them!!! Lorraine

  • Whether they’re telling each other jokes or not, they sure make me laugh! Glad they tickle your funny bone too. ;-)
    -Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 4 years ago

    ROFL! What an amazing fun shot! Well done! :D

  • Thank you. Though the bears get all the credit for setting up the shot. I was happy to be their audience and managed to click the shutter just as they got to “the punchline.” Sometimes you just get lucky!
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations, this picture has been chosen by the hosts to be featured in the Photography Challenge Group alongside the top ten placed in the ‘Talkative Animals’ challenge

  • Wow, I so appreciate having this image chosen for Feature! So gratifying to have work recognized and even more fulfilling to get a chance to speak up for these wonderful creatures and their threatened habitat. Thank you so very much!
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMainealmost 4 years ago

    What a riot! They do look like they are laughing! GREAT photo!
    Also very nice of you to promote the Polar Bear cause with your photos.

  • Such great comments, many thanks Mary! Even more, thanks for reading my comments. Was such an honor spending time with them in the wild, I’m compelled to help them however I can.
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 3 years ago


    Hehehe this is terrific, well done!

  • THANK YOU so much Georgie!
    –Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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