“I see the glaciers calving, retreating dozens to hundreds of meters every year. I see the pack ice disappearing in record speed. Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating birds’ eggs, moss and seaweed. And I realized that the fat bears are nearly exclusively males which stay on the pack ice all year long. The females, on the other hand, which den on land to give birth to their young, are often slim. With the pack ice retreating further and further north every year, they tend to be stuck on land where there’s not much food.” -
This is the skull of a male polar bear that died recently at the Point Defiance Zoo in Washington.
Those bugs you see are dermestid beetles & larvae, which are often used to clean bones because they don’t cause any damage to fragile bones like chemicals or boiling water do, as they eat away the dead flesh. The reason the top of the bear’s skull is cut open because zoos perform necropsies on all animals that die in their care to find cause of death and to collect & record other information to share with other zoos.
In honor of reaching a follower goal this weekend, I decided to do a fic rec list! I’m a huge fan of fic, so I hope you guys will enjoy these fics! I’ll try to tag any authors who I follow on Tumblr, but if I didn’t tag you, Im sorry! As always, please read the tags of each fic before reading just in case.
Why are you a scientist? What is it like to be a scientist? Maybe I’ll work with you someday because I am going to be a scientist someday. Your videos that we saw we watched you skinning the wolf, and gutting the wolf, and one about pangolins. And one about a zebra. My favorite part was when you thought part of the zebra was little wings. I hope you have a good time looking at animals. Did you know that I have animals too? I have a polar bear and a beluga whale and they both live in the arctic. Sometime do you want to come and see if there is a dead beglua whale or a dead polar bear at the house? Cause you would be a very good scientist about these things.
And they like to play together really much.
That is the only things I wanted to say.
Dear Aurelia, Thank you for your very nice letter. To answer your questions, I’m a scientist because I love learning about the world we live in, and science helps us answer many questions that we have about our planet. Planet Earth, with all of its plants and animals, is a giant mystery to solve, and as a scientist you are given hints and clues on how to solve these mysteries, which is very fun. My job is to talk about these mysteries, and to help other scientists celebrate when they are able to answer a question. Most of the time the answer leads to more questions, so it’s very important to have a lot of scientists to help out. Please let me know when you have a dead beluga or polar bear at your house - it would be a lot of fun to prepare it with you! Your fan,Emily
Photograph by @paulnicklen // Last summer I traveled with a group of friends to Svalbard, Norway in search of polar bears. We went to my favorite spot where I have always been able to find bears roaming around on sea ice throughout the summer. On this occasion, however, we didn’t find any sea ice and we never found any bears alive. We did find two dead bears in this location and other groups found more dead bears. These bears were so skinny, they appeared to have died of starvation, as in the absence of sea ice, they were not able to hunt seals. In all of my years of growing up in the Arctic and later, working as a biologist, I had never found a dead polar bear. It is now becoming much more common. Through @sea_legacy and @natgeo we will continue to shine a light on our changing planet to convince the unconvinced. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to learn more about the effects of climate change. #polarbear #nature #wildlife #arctic #seaice @thephotosociety by natgeo
@paulnicklen on a @sea_legacy private expedition to Svalbard, Norway to explore the effects of climate change. In over 40 years of living in the Arctic, four of those as a biologist working on polar bear projects, and the last twenty as a wildlife photographer, I have only found one dead polar bear. This year, over a two week period, we found two polar bears that had died of starvation. Another group found a third one. In an area of Svalbard which traditionally has vast amounts of sea ice during the summer months, we found all areas to be completely void of ice. People always ask me for proof about the effects of losing sea ice. The Arctic is projected to be completely void of sea ice in the next 10 to 20 years during the summer months. @cristinamittermeier #sealegacy @natgeo #picofthday #instagramhub #bear #polarbear #climatechange by natgeo
Zootopia / Robin Hood fanfiction TAKE A STAND Chapter 17: No Turning Back
(AN/ Hey guys it’s Garouge AKA Crewefox with another chapter of Take a Stand. Thank you to all the lovely folks who liked, reblogged, followed, faved and reviewed the last update, you are all awesome. Sorry for being a day late I was pretty ill yesterday, so without further ado let’s get cracking with this chapter…)
Jack and Skye walked into the cemetery just before noon, not many mammals were about as most visited their relatives at the weekend, but this day was important for Jack as today was his mother’s birthday; Hannah Savage would be sixty if she was still alive today. Jack was holding a bouquet of various flowers all the shade of blue, his mom’s favourite colour but when he and Skye reached his mother’s gravestone they found that there were already two bunches of blue flowers laying against the stone. Jack smiled as he read the card on one of the bouquets ‘Happy Birthday Hannah, we miss you- Marian & Family’ then he let out a small laugh of disbelief when he saw the message on the second bunch ‘Happy 60th Hannah- R & L.J’.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - All the Arctic experts that we spoke to told us that we would be very unlikely to see any polar bears as far inland as we were going in Greenland. Sadly, the first thing we saw after we landed was the remains of a dead polar bear. In recent years, the presence of polar bears further and further inland as a result of shrinking sea ice caused by a warming planet has been well documented. This photograph was taken recently on the @negreenland_caves climate research expedition supported by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration. by natgeo