Photo: @andy_mann // A Polar Bear curiously swims up and checks out

Photo: @andy_mann // A Polar Bear curiously swims up and checks out our little boat. I carefully dip my camera to water level and grab a quick shot before the bear looses interest and moves on. There are moments on this wild and beautiful planet that live with you forever. This is of them. Bears, like this large adult, are suffering from reduced summer sea ice in the Arctic, the main habitat for their #1 food source, seals. Those bears who make it through to Winter largely survive on eggs, kelp, grasses and hopefully, the occasional seal. // Shot last week while returning from a 40 day climbing expedition to Southeast Greenland. // Please #followme @andy_mann to see the moment when this particular encounter makes an unexpected turn.
I was too close…over anxious for an intimate bear shot and with a split-second display of it’s teeth, i was put in my place. “Camera too close buddy!” (How else could a swimming bear communicate?) I whipped the housing out of the water and watched him swim peacefully away. Although my small boat was approached, a lesson of respect and professionalism was learned. I wanted an intimate moment to help tell his story but I pushed it too far. Hopefully, we are both the wiser. // Bears like this large adult are suffering from reduced summer sea ice in the Arctic, the main habitat for their #1 food source, seals. Those bears who make it to Winter largely survive on eggs, kelp, grasses and hopefully, the occasional seal. Shot last week returning from a 40 day climbing expedition to Southeast Greenland.

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