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Hmmm, Soft On The Outside, Crunchy On The Inside... by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
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Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/500, focal length 400mm, f/4, +1 exposure compensation, ISO 400

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

When several polar bears (Ursus maritimus) swam out to the tiny boat I occupied the bears looked very interested in the tempting “morsels” on the boat. Trying to imagine what was on the bears’ minds while they sized me up, a paraphrase of an old candy ad came to mind, Soft On The Outside, Crunchy On The Inside!

When in the company of black or brown bears, caution is necessary yet I have never known black or brown bears to view me as a food source. On the other end of the spectrum when near polar bears, there is no doubt that polar bears only look upon humans as a meal!

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 20, 2011

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polar bear, bear, white, arctic, alaska, nature, wildlife, gina ruttle, whale geek, reflection, water, swimming, winter

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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  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Gina

  • Thanks so much! I’m still thinking about these wonderful bears…:-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Looks chilly out…Beautiful capture…T

  • Thomas, a month after this was taken temps have dipped in the Arctic to well below zero. There is only c. 2.5 hours of light now compared to the 8 hours of daylight one month ago when this bear sized me up. BRRRRRRR, it is chilly out there! Thank you for stopping by! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture! Hard to imagine he wants to eat you! lol

  • :-)) the bear may simply have been curious but there is no doubt I would have been in deep trouble had this bruin climbed onto the tiny boat I was on. Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    OMG, I hope your boat wasn’t TOO small! That is one threatening look in his eye. Such beautiful animals! Stunning capture, Gina!

  • Sweet Dot, the boat was very small….and quite rickety with a foot of bilge water sloshing around the bottom beneath my feet. There were three bears actively engaged in playing in the water close to the boat. When play broke off, the bears suddenly became very interested in the big “rubber ducky” in their midst. Fortunately, making noise deterred the bears. They can do a great deal of damage; a small plane sitting at the village’s air runway bears witness to how young juvenile delinquent polar bears can wreck property. The wings are bent and torn, rendering the plane useless. There is no way I’d want to tangle with one of these fellas…:-)) Happy Thanksgiving to you! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 2 years ago

    Ah the reality of nature!

  • Shivers! It’s a jungle out there! Hugs, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • :-)))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 2 years ago

    I remember the moment well Gina although I suspect this little guy had his eye on certain other “morsels” on your boat!!!! This is a fabulous shot though and such a gorgeous reflection. Another wonderful moment well and truly “captured”!

  • Well, if you hadn’t smeared seal oil all over yourself, these bears would not have been so interested. All kidding aside, I hear that polar bears particularly love chomping on 500mm lenses and zodiacs so maybe that’s why the bear suddenly became so intrigued at the smorgasbord arranged in front of it. This morning shoot remains one of my most favored memories of that journey. I am still quite in awe of the whole experience. G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    1 Image per day 2011/11/22
    Another stunning capture Gina, well done!

  • Thank you, Magaret! All the best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • richman
    richmanover 2 years ago

    what an amazing opertunity gina, i hope i get to experiecnce this one day (but probabally not)
    stunner of a shot

  • Thank you, Rich! My head still remains back with the bears; I can’t get them off my mind. It’s great hearing from you! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Great title. Such a speculative look. Love this shot Gina

  • Thank you so much! One can almost hear the clicks and whirrs of gears spinning in the bear’s head, “mmmmmmm, that one with the camera looks tasty!” :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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