Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/640, focal length 400mm, f/4, +1.7 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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

During a quiet intermission from play fighting two polar bear cubs appear to be about to kiss. A second later they were back to massacring each other with gusto!

Currently polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable.

Threats to their existence include hunting and loss of habitat.

Kaktovik (Barter Island), Alaska on the shore of the Beaufort Sea (the Arctic Ocean), USA

October 20, 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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  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Stunning capture! Wow how amazing that would be to see in the real!

  • Swaby, thank you very much! I’m still on a high from spending time with the bears. :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Very sweet capture. Wonderful work.

  • Thank you, Bunny! It’s funny….the bears look so sweet here but the rest of the series of photos shows the two cubs play biting and pinning each other to the ground, teeth bared and all that goes with play fighting. They were a hoot to watch! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    This is clean photography Gina
    Compliment and FAV Girl!

  • John, thank you VERY much! I appreciate the Fave as well. :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 3 years ago

    Awesome Gina. What a wonderful moment to capture. great title too. Don.

  • Thank you, Don. The image has romantic overtones although the two cubs were really just about to commence play fighting. All the best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerabout 3 years ago

    Spectacular image of these stunning white hunters!!!

  • Kent, thank you so much! Bears are a favorite of mine, almost rating up there with my beloved whales…….:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • TheBrit
    TheBritabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful capture!!

    Brit ……

  • Brit, thank you ever so much! ;-)) GG

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 3 years ago

    What an amazing shot – masterfully done!

  • Thank you….but the bruin models deserve all the credit for putting on their show of play for my camera lens. All the best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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

    That is an absolutely sweet and candid nature image.. just so sweet.

  • Thank you, KatMagic! Baby animals are always the best for being sweet and playful. Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...about 3 years ago

    Well this just has to be a favourite Gina, I absolutely love Polar Bears and this shot of yours is just amazing well done. I can see many features for this coming up

  • Anthony, thank you so much! You are very kind. When/if I return to the bears I’ll save a little room in my suitcase for you, okay? :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    So beautiful! They must have a lot of energy to burn!

  • Oh sweet Dot, I wish I had the energy young babes have. Where did all that vim and vigor of youth go??? Oh well, at least I can still appreciate “young love” carrying on! :-)) Moments later, these two ruffians were rolling on top of each other, biting necks and slamming their huge paws onto each other. What fun they were having! Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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