Svalbard, Norway

Polar bear looking into the water for seals while sitting patiently on an iceberg waiting. To capture their favorite food, Bearded seals. A Polar spends most of its time on sea ice.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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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: 1/2000s
  • ISO: 2500
  • Focal Length: 140mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4981 by 3321 pixels (WxH).

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Background

Polar bear looking into the water for seals while sitting patiently on an iceberg waiting. Undoubtedly, to capture its favorite food, a Bearded seal. A Polar spends most of its time on sea ice. They are drifting with the iceberg through the Arctic sea. As a great hunter and with a great sense of smell, Polar bears can smell prey from almost a kilometer away. Non-retractable claws keep them from slipping on the ice. Climbing and moving on an iceberg is very easy for them. Not only on the ice, but a Polar bear can also climb a cliff as this one did to sleep under the full moon. Did you know that their hairs are transparent and hollow? The fur looks white because it reflects light to us. Underneath their skin is black, to absorb energy from the sun.

The climate change has forced Polar bears to wander on the beach to find food, like for a young walrus. Due to more declining sea ice and human activity, the Polar bear’s habitat shrinks more and more in the Arctic. That brings them to human contact and inhabitant areas. Polar bears call the Arctic their home. The biggest threat to them is climate change and, of course, us humans.

Polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is listed threatened on the IUCN list.

Please visit our Arctic Wildlife in their natural habitats or the B&W Fine Art Portfolio. For similar photographs of a Polar bear looking down into the water or up, please have a look in our portfolio of Polar bears. All our wildlife photographs are for sale of license and photo prints.

 

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