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Posted on / by Alex Berger

Wild Polar Bears in Churchill

Playing, fighting or somewhere in between?  That’s the question I found myself pondering repeatedly over the three days I spent on the frozen Canadian tundra just outside of the remote town of Churchill in central Canada.  Over the 72 hours we shared with the polar bears they put on great displays of physical strength while balancing them with awe inspiring shows of laziness and apathy that left me reminded of my cat, Riven. The bears periodically assumed a standing position for battles that tested their strength and allowed them to feel each other out in a mostly friendly atmosphere as they lounged along the partially frozen shores of Hudson Bay waiting….waiting…waiting for the temperature to drop and for the bay to freeze over completely. Once the waters freeze solid suddenly a frozen wonderland of snacks, treats, and fishing holes emerges which the the bears will explore during the winter’s cold, dark months.

Make sure to head over to flickr to see the rest of the album.

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

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

8 Comments

  • Gabriel
    November 23, 2013

    haha, ninja moves!!!

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    • Alex Berger
      November 23, 2013

      Totally! If you watched the bears long enough you could start to recognize that each had their own signature moves.

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      • Gabriel
        November 23, 2013

        Haha, did you get any video by any chance?

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        • Alex Berger
          November 23, 2013

          Definitely! Lots of footage which is in two videos on my youtube channel. Also, check out my three posts on the overall experience. They have links etc. Part III is linked in the related posts widget at the bottom of this post!

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  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs
    November 26, 2013

    On many pictures in Flickr they look like they are dancing not fighting, amazing pictures! So wish to see live something like that!

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  • Elaine K
    November 26, 2013

    They are absolutely incredible, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading through your previous posts relating to the majestic polar bears as well!

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    • Alex Berger
      November 27, 2013

      Thanks Elaine! Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

      Reply

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