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A Male Polar Bear
Photographer: Chase Dekker
Location: Off the coast of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard
Story: 
While coming up beyond the 81st parallel, we had finally caught up with the retreating summer sea ice, which meant we had caught up with the bears. Polar bears will do their best to follow the sea ice as sea ice equals food, in the form of seals. With the sea ice becoming increasingly thin and covering less surface area every year, the polar bears are in grave danger of losing their home. This large male polar bear here did not really care about our large ship circling him while he enjoyed his seal dinner. Polar bears will mostly eat the blubber since that's where almost all of the fat contents and nutrients are stored. Bears will still eat some of the meat, but only if the seal did not have a large amount of blubber on itself. Although hard to see, bird lovers might enjoy the fact that there is an Ivory Gull sitting right beneath the bear munching on some of that delicious meat. In my opinion, that's a brave little bird.
Digital Alterations: 
Color, contrast, exposure adjustments.
Camera Information: Canon 5D Mark II and EF 100-400mm lens
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