Svalbard, Norway

Polar bear on the beach, having a closer look at us. No snow is present on this island. Instead, only a sandy beach and in the distance is a mountain.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/4000s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 140mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4747 by 3165 pixels (WxH).

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Polar bear on the beach, having a closer look at us. No snow is present on this island. Instead, only a sandy beach, and in the distance is a mountain. We were cruising with the zodiac to photograph this Polar bear on the beach. Curiosity is one of its characteristics. Therefore, this marine mammal walks toward us to investigate. Capturing this animal is fascinating as I was able to document their behavior firsthand.

The mighty Polar bear is quite an extraordinary animal, as well as spends most of its time at sea on sea ice to capture its favorite food – seals. They do not only look for seals. As you can see, the Polar bear is on land on a beach to find walruses. A young walrus would be a good meal too. When hungry, a Polar bear eats nearly anything, including human garbage.

Did you know that their fur/hair is nearly transparent and hollow? Now you know! The fur appears to be white because it reflects the light of the surroundings. Their black skin is best for absorbing energy from the sun.

The Arctic is their habitat and their home. Since they spend the majority of their life on sea ice, one of their threats is climate change. We predicted that their number will decline by 30% by 2050. Polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is listed as a threatened animal on the IUCN list.

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3 comments for Polar Bear On Beach On An Island

  1. Thomas

    This is a beauty and so seldom do we see images of polar bears not on snow or ice in the Arctic.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed, climate change goes fast!

  2. Stephen

    No snow, right the climate change.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Yes, it was strange to this Polar bear walking on a sandy beach and hardly snow or ice around. Well, climate change indeed.

  3. Lucy

    Wow!! That’s an amazing photo! 🔥🔥

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thank you Lucy. The real world of Polar bears nowadays, not to much snow around!

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