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We were so lucky to spend hours with this mum and cubs as they moved around the ice flows. These cubs were around seven months old and full of joy – although they did not seem all that keen to keep up with mum.

The sea ice is shrinking at an alarming rate, which has a huge impact for the bears as this is their main hunting ground. More and more bears are being found to have drowned while trying to find the ice, even though they can swim up to sixty miles or so!

I hope the ice does not completely vanish and that they always have somewhere to hunt!

(Spitsbergen – Scandinavian Arctic)


  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonabout 6 years ago

    :-) Just makes me want to go there more and more…

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 6 years ago

    so beautiful, and sad

  • Enavem
    Enavemabout 6 years ago

    Stunning capture Steve. I look forward to browsing through your images. Great work.

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 6 years ago

    OMG!!!! Gorgeous!!
    Yes, it’s so sad, I watch TV shows on this topic! That’s mankind for ya!!!
    We are our own worst enemies, don’t know where it will end!! Thank you for sharing the beauty that you see tho!!

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous. Too bad they in so much trouble surviving right now. Adorable cubs and such a proud, incredible animal.

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 6 years ago

    nicely done…

  • elphonline
    elphonlineabout 6 years ago

    Love the reflections. They are beautiful.

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
    Michelle Barlo...about 6 years ago


  • David Clark
    David Clarkabout 6 years ago

    stunning photo – can’t imagine being in the place to get this shot — dedicated photographer — the reflections make it all — dave

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture- another stunning shot from your superb collection- love it!!!!

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