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Ice Bear

Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/400, f/4, +2 exposure compensation, ISO 400

Ursus maritimus, the polar bear, the ice bear, ruler of the Arctic.

Below is a video I created of the polar bears of Kaktovik, Alaska….

As their ancestors have done for many generations, each September the Native Inupiat villagers of Kaktovik, Alaska conduct a subsistence bowhead whale hunt. Bones of the harvested whale are returned to the beach for polar bears to scavenge. When sea ice forms the bears will leave land to venture onto sea ice in order to hunt seals during the long dark winter. The bears looked very good this year, fat and sleek as they awaited formation of sea ice to commence their winter hunting.

In 2011 40 polar bears congregated near the beaches of Kaktovik to gnaw on leftover whale blubber and any meat left on bones.

Currently polar bears are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable. Threats to their existence include hunting and loss of habitat.

Kaktovik, Alaska on the shore of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean, USA

October 20, 2011

Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/400, f/4, +2 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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