dead polar bear

Photo by Kerstin Langenberger

“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.”  -  Kerstin Langenberger

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Skeleton Cats and Polar Bears

I love Aaron rubbing his hands together nervously, Robert leading the way, Robert’s look over his shoulder to Aaron when he gets to the alter, Aaron’s little ‘turn and snap’ thingy at the end, the bird in the cat skeletons mouth and the Polar Bear guards….

Just loved it all really

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

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