Svalbard, Norway

A polar bear is in front of the Nordenskiold Glacier in search of food. Behind this beautiful polar bear, you see a massive ice wall. It is incredibly overwhelming.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/400s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3892 by 2595 pixels (WxH).

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A polar bear is in front of the Nordenskiold Glacier in search of food. Behind this beautiful polar bear, you see a massive ice wall. It is incredibly overwhelming, especially when you consider how big polar bears are. The predator is standing on the right on large rocks. Indeed this polar bear looks tiny in front of the Nordenskiold Glacier.

Polar bears are one of the most iconic and well-loved species in the world. Despite this, these majestic and inspirational bears are under serious threat from climate change, which has left their sea ice habitat diminishing. Interestingly, polar bears are the only bear we consider as a marine mammal. That is because they spend most of their time on sea ice to hunt for food. They can reach a speed of up to 6 mph in the water and swim for long hours at a time, covering great distances.

Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, are listed as a threatened species on the IUCN list.

For more photographs with polar bears and Nordenskiold Glacier, please visit our Arctic theme portfolio to see more photos from the far north. Not only wildlife photographs but also beautiful Arctic landscapes. The Arctic has so much to offer, with incredible colors and beauty.

 

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