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Polar Bear

Ursus maritimus


This young Polar Bear approached our ship from a great distance, coming closer and closer until he was peering inside portholes!

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LisaPowers 6 years ago

Project Noah Fact of the Day: Shrinking ice is not the only negative effect of climate change upon polar bears. The warmer climate also makes it more hospitable to parasites and other diseases that may have a negative impact on the bears!


Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) spotted in Svalbard, Norway by PN user AdamRiley.

Ric3 9 years ago

No matter when, a polar bear photo like this is always a treat to view.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

wonderful, adam!

KarenL 10 years ago

International Polar Bear Day Fun fact!

There are no bi-polar bears! Polar bears live only in Arctic areas that surround the North Pole—not in Antarctica. Although you may see illustrations of penguins and polar bears together, this could never happen. In fact, the word arctic comes from the Greek word for bear, and Antarctic comes from the Greek meaning the opposite, without bear!

grade-44 10 years ago

What a good picture!

namitha 10 years ago


Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 11 years ago

Amazing pictures Adam!

You can join this misson with this spotting -

AdamRiley 11 years ago

Thanks Gordon & LauraMaria - hope you get to see and photograph some Polar Bears! Its a very special experience!

LauraMaria 11 years ago

Great spotting Adam! This makes me excited, I'm heading up to Svalbard and Greenland this summer and get to come off our ship for a few hours at Longyearbayen, reeeeally hoping for some polar bear sightings!!! Lovely photographs here :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

What a great story. Would love to photograph these bears sometime....

AdamRiley 11 years ago

Thanks Karen and Sachin - Svaldbard is well worth a visit, one of my favourite trips I have done! Hope you manage to get there!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago


KarenL 11 years ago

Svalbard is another destination on my "bucket list"!

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Svalbard, Svalbard

Spotted on Aug 28, 2008
Submitted on Dec 28, 2011

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