Continuing on with my series of sleeping animals. As a photographer, being a fly on the wall is the ultimate goal. The more relaxed a wild animal is, the more natural it will behave and the better the photographs will be. Then, of course there was the time that a polar bear grabbed a chunk of snow and went to sleep with it like a teddy bear. #polar#bear#polarbear
Photo by @paulnicklen | He was the largest and most impressive male polar bear I have ever seen. But, in this moment, he looked small, submissive and defeated as his constant attempts at mating were rejected by this beautiful female in the Arctic. I sat with them for 24 hours, bearing witness to this intimate exchange even though his desires were never realized. I am grateful every day that I get to walk in the shadows of beings more complete than I am, to go unnoticed in the wild lands where they live, eat, and breed. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more stories and wildlife images from the field on @NatGeo and @SeaLegacy expeditions. #PolarBear#Arctic#BornToIce#Explore
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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain is vitally important to polar bears. Pregnant female polar bears head to this area every fall to create snow dens where they give birth to their young. In fact, the region has higher concentrations of polar bear maternal denning habitat than other coastal areas on Alaska’s North Slope. In recent years, the ANWR has become even more important as a polar bear denning site because the deterioration of historically stable sea ice in the Beaufort Sea has forced more polar bears to den onshore, rather than risk giving birth on unstable ice.
And now this critical habitat is under threat➖the U.S. Department of the Interior just announced their plans for leasing the ANWR's sensitive coastal plain for oil and gas exploration.
Our chief scientist, Dr. Steven Amstrup, spoke with @outsidemagazine about how drilling threatens polar bear families and the future of the species at large. Link to article in bio ⬆️
Photo: Dr. Steven Amstrup, chief scientist at Polar Bears International
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Polar Tourism. We had a private guide for our science/education film shoot. So we were at ground level and mostly far away from the squadron of gigantic “tundra buggies.” #manitoba#canada#arctic#polarbear
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Being alone and together at the same time
Kumazo is joining with his swim tube .
Polar bears are the cutest animals... It's impossible in 10 pictures to pick the cutest or sweetest or funniest. I love looking at pictures of polar bears like some people of looking pictures of dogs. They just seem like the sweetest coolest creatures. I don't know if I'd go so far as to say they are my favorite because I doubt I have a favorite... but of all the obvious animals... they put me in a great mood.