Sea Bear

Today we saw a third polar bear. He entered the water with ease and grace. He is a marine mammal who was MADE for life on the ice.

His huge feet are wide like snowshoes and webbed for swimming.

The ice is his home but it is melting. Without the ice, he cannot hunt; and without food his species will face extinction.

Does he have a sense of this shift in his environment? Can he taste the pollution? Does he know why his brothers are starving to death?

Our Captain had to change course several times on our expedition because the ice had melted much more quickly than last year.

This is an emergency.

Photo: Mike Libecki

Photo: Mike Libecki

Photo: Andy Mann

Photo: Andy Mann