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

Two polar bear cubs get very physical with each other. The two played for over an hour, the smaller cub instigating another round of play fighting each time the duo broke off for a breather. Play fighting may look like fun but it is in effect a useful tool to train muscles and young cubs on how to defend themselves when they become adults.

Currently polar bears (Ursus maritimus) 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 19, 2011

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    Aww, I opened RB just now and here are two great polar bears with a splendid title, Gina! (fav, of course) Now to watch the vid.

  • Hi, Jan! Thank you for the Fave as well as your uplifting comments. The title was inspired by a game that was popular when I was a child, Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots_, a pretty lame game that featured boxing robots. When I was sorting through images, the memory of the ditzy game came to mind—-_"His BLOCK is knocked off!"—- and the rest was history. Guess I’m showing my age by revealing that…:-)) Best to you! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    The video footage interspersed with the photos is superb! Love this!

  • Your words about the video are encouraging. I’m delighted you enjoyed the show. Still trying to learn what I’m doing with video but it’s been a fun road. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous~ a fave for sure !

  • Renee, thank you very much! I appreciate the Fave as well…G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteabout 3 years ago

    this is awesome! Nice work!

  • Barb, thank you very much! Best to you, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful! Just like little boys. They need some toys to play with. I love to watch them walk, with those large snowshoe feet. Excellent work, Gina.

  • Thank you, sweet Dot! I appreciate all your support during 2011. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May all good things come your way in 2012! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 3 years ago

    What a fabulous photo of these two who look so happy….great image, Gina…I will watch the video right now…

  • Thank you, Kat! I appreciate your lovely, upbeat comments. Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardabout 3 years ago

    Your images are always fascinating Gina

  • Thank you very much, Kym! Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • red addiction
    red addictionabout 3 years ago


  • They are kind of cute, aren’t they? :-)) Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    What cute little rascals they are. Great capture Gina. :o)

  • Aren’t they something? The little roughnecks surely enjoy playing. I think of them now in total darkness out on the ice. Probably not much playing going on right now with hunting food being their main activity. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KBritt
    KBrittabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture and image!! You are blessed to have these views, and we are blessed to see your images!!! Happy Holidays!! ~kim

  • Thank you so much! There is such wonder in the world. Mother Nature never fails to inspire and amaze me. Blessing of the season to you, Kim! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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