Male Polar Bear patrols the shoreline – Churchill, Canada 2021

Male Polar Bear patrols the shoreline. As a light snow fall began, we came across this very impressive male Polar Bear as it wandered along the shore of Hudson Bay, Churchill. He made leisurely progress whilst keeping a careful eye on us. We watched in fascination as he disappeared into the distance. One gets the immediate impression of an animal that is in command of its environment.

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 soon have gone from around Churchill in search of seals which will haul out on the new ice.