Magnificent male Polar Bear.
The environment around Churchill, Canada is a fabulous place to view Polar Bears. The bears can be found on the tundra, amongst rocks and small trees and down at the shore line. We found this large magnificent male Polar Bear lying in the rocks with small willow trees nearby. He stood up and wandered off down to the shore line. A memorable encounter!
Polar Bears congregate on the tundra close to Hudson’s Bay, Churchill, because this is the place they know where the bay will freeze over first and they will be able to hunt seals and have their first substantial meal in months. The bay freezes first at this location because the fresh water from the Churchill river enters the bay, reduces its salinity and hence it freezes over earlier than the rest of the bay. It’s a waiting game. It was cold when we were there but not cold enough to freeze the sea. Within a week or so of this being filmed, the temperatures plummeted and the bay began to freeze over. The Polar Bears will s