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Polar Bear Meetings – Weekly Travel Photo

by Alex Berger on February 1, 2013

Wild Polar Bears in Churchill

While most of a polar bear’s existence is spent in relative isolation, there are times – often during their great migrations – when they find themselves cued up and provided with the opportunity for casual social interaction. Bear tea time if you will. It is in these rare moments as the bears wait for Hudson Bay’s ice to freeze over that what start as tense encounters casually transition into relaxing play time and socialization.

This photograph shows two bears engaged in the early stages of one such meeting.  We were incredibly lucky in that at various points in the day as many as four bears could be found in the immediate area of the Tundra Buggy Lodge where we were staying.  Watching the bears go through their social rituals, establish a power hierarchy  and make friends was a fascinating insight into these otherwise solitary, but highly intelligent creatures.

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a  Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

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Jennifer February 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

It is my dream to see polar bears in the wild. Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer recently posted..Tales of Iceland Elves and Trolls

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Alex Berger February 2, 2013 at 3:54 am

It is a wonderful experience!

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