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Polar Bear

Ursus maritimus


The polar bear is an iconic Arctic animal. They are apex predators, feeding almost entirely on seals, have have evolved specific adaptations that allow them to be successful predators in the Arctic. They have large paws, thick fur and keen sense of smell. They are solitary animals, only interacting with other individuals to breed. Because it hunts on the sea ice, climate change is a big threat to these animals, and they are sadly listed as Vulnerable by CITES.


Circumpolar distribution, prefers to be out on the ice where it can hunt


This was the first polar bear we came across on my trip. I am assuming it was a young male, and was very curious. We spotted him some way off in the distance, and he came to within 10m of our ship to get a good look at us. Such a wonderful moment!

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The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

This is such a must-see on my list! (I hope one day I can see them in direct)


RiekoS 8 years ago

I just watched CD, "On Thin Ice." We really have to think about our climate change seriously....

CariRitzenthaler 8 years ago

Absolutely amazing! I'd give anything to see a polar bear in the wild!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Laura, this great spotting has been featured in the Project Noah blog!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thats a good one Laura.. 9 years ago


LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thanks, Karen! I have joined and am currently adding my spottings. And thanks, RiverValleyRunner, it was indeed the most incredible experience!!

RiverValleyRunner 9 years ago

That must have been magical. Amazing pictures!

KarenL 9 years ago

Laura, we have an Arctic mission you might like to add your spottings to

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thank you all! Smith's Zoo, I was also impressed with his big feet, a perfect adaptation for a snow-loving bear!

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Superb, look at that big Foot!!!

williefromwi 9 years ago

wonderful series, wonderful video. Thanks for sharing.

MariaPomsaharova 9 years ago

amazing series. loved the video :)

Jeannette 9 years ago

Lovely series :)

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Awesome Laura! Very happy for you!

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thanks so much guys!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Absolutely fantastic Laura!

harsuame 9 years ago

Espectacular bellas series felicidades ::.

Super pictures and video Laura.

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