Polar Bear and Bog Saxifrage
Polar Bear and Bog Saxifrage

It’s summertime in the Arctic.  This means the pack ice moves further and further north (and each year it seems to be even more north). Some bears manage to follow the ice and have a good summer, feeding on seals that they can catch on the ice. However, many others are less lucky and get stuck on land, like this bear. On land there is little for them to eat. Bears are true carnivores who hardly feed on vegetation. The only other land mammals, Arctic Fox and Spitsbergen Reindeer, are too fast for him, so he won’t bother in catching them. At some places near glaciers they can try to catch seals hauling out on small icebergs, but most of the time they just have to wait it out. Most of them do as this bear does, just sleep, saving precious energy they need to make it through summer.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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