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Polar bear sits up straight on hind legs
Polar bear sits up straight on hind legs

An adult polar bear sits up on its hind legs, to catch a scent. Polar bears have a highly developed sense of smell to assist them with hunting their prey. This polar bear was photographed on coastal sea ice inside a fjord to the north west of Greenland, it. wandered off to hunt a seal in the sea ice after this picture was made.

A mother polar bear jumping ice floes followed by two cubs
A mother polar bear jumping ice floes followed by two cubs

Two 'cubs of the year' carefully follow their mother as she sets off in search of food for them. As the year advances she must teach them how to hunt for ringed seals amongst the ice floes on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.

The paw print of a polar bear on snow
The paw print of a polar bear on snow

A paw print of a polar bear on snow covered sea ice

Scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear
Scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear

A scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear. To the trained eye, the teeth reveal a lot of information about the bear's health, age and history. This information all goes into the data set.

A scientist measures the length of an adult polar bear
A scientist measures the length of an adult polar bear

A scientist measures the length of a tranquilised polar bear on a frozen fjord in Svalbard.

Scientists roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a weighing device
Scientists roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a weighing device

The helicopter pilot helps the lead scientist to roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a cradle that will be used to measure the polar bear’s weight.

A tranquilised polar bear is weighed for scientific research
A tranquilised polar bear is weighed for scientific research

It takes four people to lift the bear for weighing, simple maths is used to calculate the true weight of the bear for the records. Equipment is kept deliberately simple to save weight in the helicopter.

A laboratory sample of polar bear tissue from a biopsy dart
A laboratory sample of polar bear tissue from a biopsy dart

Scientists use a dart to take a biopsy from the polar bear, containing a sample of fur, skin and tissue.

A solitary polar bear walks across Arctic sea ice
A solitary polar bear walks across Arctic sea ice

The typical habitat of a Svalbard polar bear -the long view shows their solitary existance.

Deep paw prints in snow show the track of a polar bear
Deep paw prints in snow show the track of a polar bear

Fresh deep paw prints in a snow and ice covered fjord, show the direction of a polar bear’s travel.

A polar bear walks around floes of sea ice
A polar bear walks around floes of sea ice

This environment with a sea ice platform to hunt from, but with some open water to find seals, is good hunting ground for a polar bear.

A polar bear sees its reflection in the water
A polar bear sees its reflection in the water

A polar bear will actively seek situations like this one as it brings them into contact with seals -their preferred source of food. A position next to a break or 'lead' in the ice is ideal as it gives them a firm base from which to spring at the animal, which can often be found in the water next to the ice edge.

A polar bear sleeps on the ice
A polar bear sleeps on the ice

An adult polar bear rubs its nose and neck in the snow, photographed on sea ice north of the archipelago of Svalbard.

A mother polar bear and her cub on sea ice
A mother polar bear and her cub on sea ice

A mother and young cub on sea ice

A polar bear sleeps on the edge of an ice floe
A polar bear sleeps on the edge of an ice floe

A polar bear sleeps on the edge of a sea ice floe in the Fram Strait north of the archipelago of Svalbard.

title image with type for polar bear gallery
Polar bear sits up straight on hind legs
A mother polar bear jumping ice floes followed by two cubs
The paw print of a polar bear on snow
Scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear
A scientist measures the length of an adult polar bear
Scientists roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a weighing device
A tranquilised polar bear is weighed for scientific research
A laboratory sample of polar bear tissue from a biopsy dart
A solitary polar bear walks across Arctic sea ice
Deep paw prints in snow show the track of a polar bear
A polar bear walks around floes of sea ice
A polar bear sees its reflection in the water
A polar bear sleeps on the ice
A mother polar bear and her cub on sea ice
A polar bear sleeps on the edge of an ice floe
title image with type for polar bear gallery
Polar bear sits up straight on hind legs

An adult polar bear sits up on its hind legs, to catch a scent. Polar bears have a highly developed sense of smell to assist them with hunting their prey. This polar bear was photographed on coastal sea ice inside a fjord to the north west of Greenland, it. wandered off to hunt a seal in the sea ice after this picture was made.

A mother polar bear jumping ice floes followed by two cubs

Two 'cubs of the year' carefully follow their mother as she sets off in search of food for them. As the year advances she must teach them how to hunt for ringed seals amongst the ice floes on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.

The paw print of a polar bear on snow

A paw print of a polar bear on snow covered sea ice

Scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear

A scientist examines the teeth of a tranquilised polar bear. To the trained eye, the teeth reveal a lot of information about the bear's health, age and history. This information all goes into the data set.

A scientist measures the length of an adult polar bear

A scientist measures the length of a tranquilised polar bear on a frozen fjord in Svalbard.

Scientists roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a weighing device

The helicopter pilot helps the lead scientist to roll a tranquilised polar bear onto a cradle that will be used to measure the polar bear’s weight.

A tranquilised polar bear is weighed for scientific research

It takes four people to lift the bear for weighing, simple maths is used to calculate the true weight of the bear for the records. Equipment is kept deliberately simple to save weight in the helicopter.

A laboratory sample of polar bear tissue from a biopsy dart

Scientists use a dart to take a biopsy from the polar bear, containing a sample of fur, skin and tissue.

A solitary polar bear walks across Arctic sea ice

The typical habitat of a Svalbard polar bear -the long view shows their solitary existance.

Deep paw prints in snow show the track of a polar bear

Fresh deep paw prints in a snow and ice covered fjord, show the direction of a polar bear’s travel.

A polar bear walks around floes of sea ice

This environment with a sea ice platform to hunt from, but with some open water to find seals, is good hunting ground for a polar bear.

A polar bear sees its reflection in the water

A polar bear will actively seek situations like this one as it brings them into contact with seals -their preferred source of food. A position next to a break or 'lead' in the ice is ideal as it gives them a firm base from which to spring at the animal, which can often be found in the water next to the ice edge.

A polar bear sleeps on the ice

An adult polar bear rubs its nose and neck in the snow, photographed on sea ice north of the archipelago of Svalbard.

A mother polar bear and her cub on sea ice

A mother and young cub on sea ice

A polar bear sleeps on the edge of an ice floe

A polar bear sleeps on the edge of a sea ice floe in the Fram Strait north of the archipelago of Svalbard.

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