Canon 7D, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, shutter 1/1600, focal length 400mm, f/4, +1.3 exposure compensation, ISO 800

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

This polar bear was on a mission. I’m not sure what captured this bear’s attention but it strode toward the little boat I was on with purpose. I was grateful to be safely ensconced on my little boat rather than a tasty seal resting nearby.

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 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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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 2 years ago

    LOVE this!! GORGEOUS !!!! :O]

  • Tracy, thank you very, very much! :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Eden R. Knizacky
    Eden R. Knizackyover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Gina! And nicely framed.

  • Thank you, Eden! Great hearing from you…G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    wow Gorgeous capture Gina

  • Maggie, I am delighted you enjoyed this! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • D.M. Mucha
    D.M. Muchaover 2 years ago

    Fabalous shot!

  • Thank you so much, D.M! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 2 years ago

    wonderful animal, beautiful image

  • Robert, love your avatar image…thank you so much for commenting! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    What a hungry looking beauty. Splendid capture.

  • Hey, Bunny! Thank you so much! I think this polar bear thought I was a tasty seal! :-)) G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Fabulous, as always. I just love the video. You’ve done an outstanding job on both the still shots and the films. National Geographic should be knocking on your door to buy this.

  • Hi, sweet Dot! Are you hiring for Nat Geo??? :-)) Hugs to you and thanks so much for dropping by. G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • WeeZie
    WeeZieover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture!!! Great work!!!

  • WeeZie, appreciative thanks to you! Glad you liked this bear…G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    Awesome shot, love it

  • Hi, Elfie….thank you ever so much! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ken Hill
    Ken Hillover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Gina

  • Ken, thank you very much for taking time to comment! G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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