Hundreds of polar bears eat dead whale


This video about Arctic Siberia says about itself:

Hundreds of Polar Bears Gather to Feast on Whale Carcass

29 September 2017

According to a Wrangel Island news release, at least 230 polar bears gathered on Wrangel Island to gorge on a dead bowhead whale, which washed ashore Sept. 19.

From the Heritage Expeditions blog:

SHO: An unbelievable experience at Wrangel Island

19 September, 2017

I simply don’t know where or how to start this blog .. today has been one of those days I or anybody else with me will never ever forget. You had to live it to believe it, even now there are people pinching themselves to make sure it really happened, but I get ahead of myself.

The day started at 0530 with an early breakfast. We were anchored near Pitchy Bazar on the western coast of Wrangel Island. The Island was coated with a fresh coating of snow, a huge contrast to yesterday’s blue sky and warm weather at the Clark River. The early morning lighting that accompanied the sunrise was surreal. There were several options, ranging from the very easy to the more extreme.

I was on beach patrol with some folk on the easier walk when a young bear wandered our way. He had attitude and he was definitely interested in us. We persuaded him to move on and he lay down about 50 metres away in the snow and watched us. It was a close but incredibly fascinating encounter. Little did we know there were even more incredible things to come. What we saw (and experienced) next will rewrite expedition travel experiences. We were cruising down the coast and saw a “herd” or “convention “ of Polar Bears on/near the beach. There was a dead bowhead whale and we counted over 150 Polar Bears (of all ages, sexes and sizes) that were either feeding or had been feeding on it in the immediate vicinity of the whale. We launched the zodiacs for a closer look and that is the memory we will all carry with us … there are no words to describe it. I share one photo in the hope that it will portray something of our experience.

We leave Wrangel Island tonight on the last leg of this journey.

Rodney Russ – Expedition Leader, Owner and Founder

I had years ago the privilege of being on an expedition with Rodney Russ. Not to the Arctic; to New Zealand subantarctic islands like Campbell island.

The video shows the dead whale had attracted glaucous gulls as well.

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Polar bear attacks seal, video


This video says about itself:

Hungry Polar Bear Ambushes Seal – The Hunt – BBC Earth

30 June 2017

We track a hungry but determined Polar Bear as it seeks to ambush a plump seal. With the odds stacked against it, this scrawny looking bear will need to pull off an amazing manoeuvre if it’s to get a well-earned meal.

Polar bear cubs on video


This video says about itself:

Polar Bear Cubs Take Their First Tentative Steps – Planet Earth – BBC Earth

10 March 2017

After four months of darkness two Polar Bear cubs emerge from their arctic den and gaze out into a bright new world for the very first time.

Polar bear cubs video


This video says about itself:

29 December 2016

After a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring. It’s a magical moment when the youngins experience the world for the first time–and photographers are there to capture it.

Female polar bear video


This video from Canada says about itself:

A Fertile Polar Bear‘s Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood

9 December 2016

After mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 pounds, to sustain her during winter.

Polar bear videos


This video from Canada says about itself:

A Beloved Alpha Polar Bear Near the End of His Life

2 December 2016

Saint Pete, as he’s known by locals in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, is an elderly polar bear who’s been visiting the town for decades. Possibly 25 years or older, Pete is now deteriorating physically but continues to hunt for food.

This video from Canada says about itself:

2 December 2016

For Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagine. After all, it’s been just a year since she survived a near-fatal attack by one.

This video from Canada says about itself:

2 December 2016

A car horn outside Churchill, Manitoba, causes a curious polar bear mom and her cub to scurry in opposite directions. They find themselves farther apart than they’ve ever been before.

Polar bear and her cub video


This video from Canada says about itself:

A Lucky Break for a Starving Polar Bear Mom and Her Cub

24 November 2016

Near Churchill, Manitoba, a polar bear mom and her cub stumble across a fish carcass washed up on the shore. After a long migration across the wilderness with very little food, this feels like a feast.