As this Polar Bear spends his time eating a seal, he keeps a close eye open for any other bears that might be lingering around trying to get some of his meal. These Polar Bears have been waiting around for the snow and for the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba to freeze over so that they can begin eating their feasts.
A ringed seal is a favorite meal for a Polar Bear and there are many found in the waters of the Hudson Bay. Once the Polar Bear finds a ringed seal, the hope of it getting away are very slim as a seal is no match for the massive bodies of a Polar Bear. Hanging above a breathing hole where a seal comes up for air, a Polar Bear is quick to snatch them out of the chilly waters around Churchill, Manitoba.
After this bear caught this seal, he decided to take it across the ice and begin to rip it apart by using its large teeth. When eating a seal, the meat is not what the Polar Bear is after, only the skin, fat and internal organs. The meat is left and many other animals will move in quickly after the bear is done and swoop up the leftovers.
Many people aboard the tundra buggy tours in Churchill, Manitoba are fascinated if they get to watch a Polar Bear eating a good meal, while others find it nauseating. In their natural environment around the Hudson Bay, a good ringed seal helps the Polar Bear on its way to gain enough strength for the warmer months ahead as well as feed the smaller Arctic animals.
Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, eating a seal on a frozen lake near the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 300mm.
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