Close Encounter - Polar Bear Portrait
Polar bear, Ursus maritimus, which means “sea bear”. This Polar Bear is reaching up to the window of the Tundra Buggy where I am hanging out with my camera. The view through the lens is like one's own private "I-Max"!!!! The bear is just a few inches from the camera (and me!!!). Polar Bears have relatively poor eyesight, but incredible sense of smell. They are very inquisitive and are drawn to vehicles because they like the smell of rubber and fuel. This bear has not had anything to eat for about 8 months. He is waiting for the ice to freeze on Hudson Bay so that he can hunt for Harp Seals. Polar Bears are endangered due to global warming. It is estimated that the Churchill population will be nonviable in 30 years, and it is the largest single Polar bear population in the world. Polar Bears are to Global Warming/Climate Change what canaries were to mining.