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Uploaded on Thursday 10 Feb 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus), Svalbard, Norway

Year: 2010 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Polar Bears live across Northern Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Norway, numbering around 22,000 bears. They depend on sea-ice to hunt and breed. As sea ice recedes further and further from the coastline, Polar Bears are forced to swim farther in order to reach vital food sources, leaving them exhausted and vulnerable. The following video from Ignatius G. Rigor at the University of Washington demonstrates the extent of ice loss in the Arctic.
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