After our terrific first encounter with Polar Bears, we spent the afternoon ashore looking at a historic site. Before every
landing, Adam carefully looked to make sure there were no polar bears. Indeed, several of our intended landings were limited
to zodiac rides because there were polar bears on shore.
After our visit to the historic site, we climbed into the zodiac and headed back to the ship when someone spotted a polar bear
swimming in the water. We followed at a respectful distance, and soon the polar bear climbed up on to a rock.
This polar bear was both curious about us and also a little nervous at our presence. Below, he sniffs the air trying to figure us
Eventually this bear climbed back into the water and swam directly to the historic site where we had been only a little before.
He walked around this area sniffing our smells.
One of our fellow travellers opined that he wanted to see a bear on ice. This seemed to much too ask for, but just a couple
days later our ship was pulling anchor when Jackie spotted a polar bear on an iceberg.
Another day we were going to land at a good walrus spot, but then Adam spied a bear from the zodiac. The bear was curious
and walked down to the water's edge to see us in our zodiac.
Eventually this polar bear concluded that we were not that interesting and walked on up the beach to a group of walruses. This
was a good size walrus colony, and the mother's quickly nudged their babies into the water.
The bigger and older walruses did not pay much attention to the polar bear. They are too big and too tough for a polar bear to
tangle with them.
In all, we saw 37 polar bears. This is several times the norm for a ten day outing such as ours.
Sometimes the polar bears were sound asleep and were not even aware of our presence. It was common to see the bears
choosing to sleep on the ice.
One spectacular encounter was a mother with her twin cubs. It is unusual for both twins to make it to the second year, but
these two were doing very well. One of the cubs was almost as big as its mother.
Sitting up higher on a hill was this bear who found a nice little bed in a hole in the ice. August is the starvation time of the year.
The ice has receded north, but come the end of August, the ice will soon freeze up again, and the search for a seal meal can