Polar Bear amongst the ice floes – Svalbard 2022

Polar Bear amongst the ice floes. There can be fewer better sights than a Polar Bear picking its way amongst the ice floes. Perfectly adapted to its arctic environment, this top predator moves with ease across the ice: a beautiful balance between power and elegance. The pack ice was far north when we found this bear more than 82 degrees north above Svalbard. The Bear stayed with us for a while before disappearing into the icy wastes. The black mark on its snout was thought to be a scar from a tooth abscess which had broken through from its upper jaw. It did not seem to trouble this lovely bear. What a great pity that the environment that these bears rely on is so threatened by climate change and global warming. Let’s hope the world acts before it is too late for these magnificent creatures.