The Water Bear (A Photo by Paul Solders)
Today’s Daily Cool Photo was taken by American photographer Paul Solders and is entitled “The Water Bear”. It features a polar bear under the water. The fact that most images of polar bears show them on land or ice says more about the practical difficulties faced by humans than it does about the bears’ behaviour. With adaptations such as thick blubber and nostrils that close, polar bears are, in fact, highly aquatic.
They spend most of their time hunting seals on sea ice and are capable of swimming for hours at a time. Souders took his Zodiac boat to Hudson Bay in Canada to rectify this bias. He scouted for three days before he spotted “The Water Bear” (a young female) on sea ice about 30 miles offshore. The light was special but for a sinister reason. The midnight sun was filtered through smoke from forest fires raging farther South, a symptom of the warming Arctic and the greatest threat facing the polar bear. As more and more sea ice melts earlier and earlier each spring it becomes harder for the bears to hunt the seals they depend on.
So, what do you think of this photo? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome. If you enjoyed reading about this photo, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.
Watch this space for daily updates in the Photography category on Running Wolf’s Rant.
Related articles across the web
Latest posts by Henno Kruger (see all)
- Get ready to go Large On The Lawn in Johannesburg - January 13, 2017
- Brace yourselves for Mieliepop 2017 - January 11, 2017
- Brace yourself for the 2017 edition of Emalyth Arts Expo - January 10, 2017