Brothers – part I

Polar Bears
Polar Bears

Polar Bears are normally solitary animals. Outside the mating period or when mothers have cubs bears it is rare to see bears together. Sometimes we find a group of bears feeding on a carcass of some animal, but outside that chance encounters are really rare…

This evening, our last in the pack ice this Arctic season, we had already turned south, heading towards the edge of the pack ice to go back to the mainland. On our way out of the ice, we found a bear, no, three, no even four!! I quickly grabbed my binoculars and camera (which were still nearby) and headed out. No kill in sight, it looked like a chance encounter between four bears. However there seemed to be a relation between two of them. While the other two each went another way after a while, these two stuck together the whole time. Clearly there was a relation between the two, and both being young males, it’s more as likely for them to be brothers. Maybe just chased away by mother after staying together as a family for 2.5 years, or maybe a little later and they did meet again…

Here they came close to the ship to check us out. Apparently they had no bad experiences with ships before as they were just curious and clearly wondered what that big thing was…

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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