Young polar bear demonstrating its fine serpentine profile. Possessing a somewhat flat and relatively small head in relation to its body, polar bears can lower their sinuous profile considerably when hunting seal on the ice.

Interestingly, arctic Native Inuit (Canada) and Inupiat (Alaska) hunters have reported seeing polar bears placing their paws over their black noses in order to blend in with icy surroundings while on the hunt.

Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

July 11, 2009.

Canon 40D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/400, f/8.0, focal length 120mm, ISO 400.


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  • Patty Boyte
    Patty Boyteabout 5 years ago

    Wow, I’m at a loss for words, exceptional!

  • Thank you so much, Patty. This was quite a surprise sighting for me, true icing on the cake when I was actually looking for beluga whales.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 5 years ago

    another remarkable capture!! fancy covering their noses…LOL what an awesome thought that they have this self awareness…

  • Dinghysailor1, here’s another tale for you. I saw an Inuit carving of a polar bear holding a big rock over a carved walrus’s head at Churchill, Manitoba’s Eskimo Museum. Mentioning this to my guide, she told me that Inuit hunters have reported seeing polar bears using chunks of ice to finish off their prey. If the ice chunk was not quite large enough, the polar bear would dip it into water till the ball of ice was large enough to be lethal. I don’t know whether or not to believe this but it is compelling. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvabout 5 years ago

    Awesome and beautiful capture, excellent work.

  • Thank you very much, Lisawv! I’m happy you enjoyed this polar bear’s image.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • elphonline
    elphonlineabout 5 years ago

    great shot.

  • Thank you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    whales and polar bears. My two favorites. You a lucky person to see them in person. amazing photos

  • You and me both, Tallow. Whales and bears are infinitely fascinating in their behavior. Thank you for your supportive comments!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you very much, Bela!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • braeriach26
    braeriach26about 5 years ago

    Excellent capture. Nice work.

  • Thank you, Iain. I appreciate your kind comments!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • chrythmnove
    chrythmnoveabout 5 years ago

    Wow…I’m so moved by seeing this image.

  • Thank you, chrythmnove for your comment. I am pleased that this bear had an emotinal impact upon you.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 5 years ago

    What a great shot … (interesting that they cover their black noses to blend in with the ice/surroundings). Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ :)

  • You two are the wind beneath my wings. Thanks so much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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