After the swim


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Polar bear – after the swim :) – Photo made in Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I think this is one of my best – if not my best- zoo-animal shot so far (2009-09-22) … totally excited with it – LOL

“The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with 5 of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in decline.67 For decades, unrestricted hunting raised international concern for the future of the species; populations have rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect. For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and the hunting of polar bears remains important in their cultures.
The IUCN now lists global warming as the most significant threat to the polar bear, primarily because the melting of its sea ice habitat reduces its ability to find sufficient food. The IUCN states, “If climatic trends continue polar bears may become extirpated from most of their range within 100 years.”1 On May 14, 2008, the United States Department of the Interior listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act." (source: Wikipedia – Polar Bear )

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Tamron 70-300 Tele-macro1:2 lens
Post-edited and retouched in Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop 7.0

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in ! # 1 ARTISTS OF REDBUBBLE ! (Sept. 26, 2009)
Top10 placement in Radial blur by Mood and ambience (2009, dec. 15)
Top10 placement in White Animals – Good News group (June 4, 2010)
Featured in Letter P – Alphabet soup (Oct. 22, 2010)
Top10 placement in polar bears – Bears of the world (Dec.2, 2010)
Top10 placement in letter B – Cee’s fun artsy friends (Jan. 10, 2011)
Top10 in And bears… oh my!! – Catraven challenge
Top10 in Animals in action – zoofari (Dec. 9, 2011)
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