July 8th on the National Geographic Explorer in the high Arctic of Svalbard and this young female polar bear decides to inspect our ship, which is shut down and wedged into the fast ice. Total curiosity and no hesitation whatsoever. Who are these odd creatures visiting the frozen north? What a privilege and pleasure to pique the curiosity of the true symbol of the north!


  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    NOooo Way!!!!!

  • PlatypusPark
    PlatypusParkover 4 years ago

    Great photo – and what a fantastic experience! I’m awestruck.

  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Bealleover 4 years ago

    Your work is amazing, I love it! These are places I dream of going, and wildlife I’d be honored and humbled to see; so nice to see it via RB. Thanks for sharing. Great story to go with this curious guy! You have perfect timing!

  • Aloha Terri-Lynn

    Thanks! It was a pretty amazing day, so much more as this polar bear crossed a lot of fast ice to get to the ship, which was shut down. One of those days that you know you are privileged!

    – Michael S Nolan

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowover 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Another stunning shot!!

  • Sheryl Unwin
    Sheryl Unwinover 4 years ago

    WOW what a fabulous shot…your wildlife Photos are Wonderful ;-)

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghover 4 years ago

    Wow!! Looks like she’s trying to give you a push :)

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyover 4 years ago

    Great image. Curiosity runs both ways…

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago


  • redtree
    redtreeover 4 years ago


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