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Polar Bear (mother and cubs)

Ursus maritimus


Polar bears are solitary animals, only spending time around other bears to mate or, for females, when they have cubs. The cubs are born while the mother is hibernating, and emerge from the den in the spring when she wakes up. They will stay with their mother for around 3 years, during which time she will teach them all they need to know to survive. These cubs couldn't have been very old, as they were very small, so I think they were only a few months old. Before I was able to get my camera out, we watched the mother teaching the cubs to swim.


Polar bears have a circumpolar distribution and are found throughout the Arctic


For me, this was a very special spotting. I never even dreamed we would come across polar bear cubs, so this was fantastic. They were only about 50m from our ship, the cubs were curious but mama bear was wary (you can see her looking over her shoulder constantly). I could have watched them for hours!

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83 Comments (1–25)

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 9 years ago

What a beautiful siting that must have been! How amazing!

maite.versavel 9 years ago

Wow p

LauraMaria 10 years ago

Thank you so much everyone who's commented on this :D I also loved watching the little bears tumbling away after mama bear!

Always one of my the little bear bumping into Mama bear... : )

siku 10 years ago

Love this!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Wow! Lovely polar bear family! Belated congrats, Laura.

cranbrook-sda-youth1 10 years ago

Amazing pics!

LauraMaria 10 years ago

Thanks for all the comments, everyone! :D

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 11 years ago

Congratulations on your feature in the blog.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Congratulations, Laura! Your awesome polar bears were featured in my blog, "It's Life - unique abilities for unique organisms" today!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

I love image #3! Awesome!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Congrats Laura!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Laura, what a great find, and even more amazing photos of these beautiful creatures. Congratulations!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Congratulations on your honor for this lovely series! Well-deserved!

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Congrats Laura.

Congratulations on this awesome series, Laura!

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Wonderful honor, LauraMaria. We look forward to seeing what you bring back from Antarctica!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations Laura super spot :):)

LauraMaria 11 years ago

Oh wow, that's awesome!! Thanks for all the lovely comments, everyone :D I'm off to Antarctica this Sunday, so I hope I can come back with photos of more polar animals, from the other side of the globe!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Wow! Congratulations Laura! Thank you for sharing for special moments with these gorgeous creatures. Well deserved :)

KarenL 11 years ago

Congratulations Laura! This wonderful series has been chosen as a runner up in the "2012 Best Spotting of the Year" Mammal category!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Awww! What an amazing series! I especially love the photos #2 (the cub's face expression!) :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

So cute..Amazing collection...

ajfree77 11 years ago

Cute polar I'm just a 8year old kid

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Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jul 12, 2012

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