Polar bear jumping between ice floes in the Arctic Ocean

For an animal that probably weighs 700-800lbs it’s pretty sprightly. It is remarkable to us that something so heavy and so bulky is able to achieve such feats of agility, especially on such a fragile surface, but the environment in which it lives demands this combination of great size and great agility.

Not only must they travel in this environment, but they sometimes hunt in a remarkable way; one of the classic Polar bear hunting techniques, known as the aquatic stalk, involves swimming on or under the surface of the water to the edge of an ice floe on which a seal rests. In a fraction of a second the bear will explode from the water, hauling its enormous bulk out and on top of the seal.

They really are one of the most remarkable animals on the planet, combining behaviour so adaptable that it reminds us of ourselves with strength and power that would be considered superhuman.

I shot the sequence from the which the gif is created at around 80N, out in the Arctic Ocean east of the island of Nordaustlandet in the archipelago of Svalbard.


Look closely. These sculptures are made entirely from garbage found along the beach.

A traveling art exhibit by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, now at our National Zoo, educates visitors about one of the biggest enemies to the ocean today: trash.

Pozzi and her volunteers with the Washed Ashore Project collected discarded plastic from beaches on the West Coast, which she transformed into beautiful sculptures that tell an ugly story. The 17 larger-than-life pieces represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in our oceans today. 

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” will be at the Zoo through Sept. 5. 

Ma participation pour le concours Nintendo FR ayant pour theme The Legend of Zelda, à l’occasion de la Japan expo ^_^ . 
Les gagnants ayant la possibilité de tester en avant première le fameux  Zelda “Breath of the wild” sur leur stand, il ne m’en a pas fallu plus pour me décider à tenter ma chance ! 
Et bonne surprise, j’ai appris cet après midi que je faisais partie des sélectionnés. *Joie, coeurs et paillettes * J’ai vraiment hâte d’aller tester ça ce week end !