Polar CSI

We don’t find a lot of dead animals on the tundra. A few bones, yes, but often they are at least 100ds of years old. Sometimes we find a dead Reindeer, probably one that didn’t survive the winter. And very rarely, we find a dead Polar Bear. The last trip we found one of those. Not very fresh, most likely sometime during last winter, but still with fur and skin around.

Polar Bear paw – 24mm, 1/500s, f/10.0, ISO400

The first question we get is how did the bear die? In this case, it was very difficult to say, as several parts of the carcass were missing. The main part that was missing was the skull. Maybe taken by scientists or the Sysselmannen, but also not unlikely by tourists coming from small yachts that often visit this place.


So, what happened? It looked like it was quite a young bear, but with these few remains, it was impossible to determine the cause of death.

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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