Saturday, December 29, 2007

The "Bear" Necessities

Svalbard, July 2007

Polar Bears! How can you not absolutely fall in love with the grace and beauty of these, the largest bears currently living on planet Earth? The cuteness factor coupled with the notion that this is an animal that can, and has, attacked and killed people couple to make this one of the most mysterious predators around.

Much has been written in recent years about the fate of this Arctic mammal, whether or not as a species polar bears can survive our warming planet. Time of course will tell us all, but it is hard to quantify just what a loss the world would experience should we lose this bear. In the meantime, celebrate the beauty and majesty if you dare!

Adult male on the beach on Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard.

Shaking off the cold sea water before going ashore.

The easiest way to travel from ice floe to floe; jump!

Gulls know better than to get too close!

Reflected images in a meltwater pool. Will global warming be the end of polar bears?

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