The powerful polar bear may be the largest land predator in the world, but this magnificent species is losing the battle with global warming. The warming crisis threatens the polar bear in particular because of the toll rising temperatures are taking on their natural frozen habitats on both land and sea.
Polar bears are the first species to be officially named as a threatened species and as a result their immensely strong bodies and gorgeous, personality-filled faces have become the internationally recognized living symbol in the fight against the damages caused by global warming.
Looking into the eyes of this glorious polar bear photographed living near Camp Nanuq at Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada (known as "The Polar Bear Capital of the World") and seeing its great strength and power, one can easily realize the crisis' intensity and visualize the devastating potential loss.
Polar bear diets consists mainly of seals, although they also scavenge for grass and berries on land. With the loss of pack ice to hunt from, the beautiful polar bears and their offspring suffer from exhaustion, ultimately drowning when forced to swim longer distances between surfaces. Additionally, malnutrition, starvation and overall lower reproductive rates in land habitats are mortal factors.
Polar bears (whose scientific name is Ursus Maritimus) have a life expectancy of 25 years for males and up to 30 years for females. Males average in size of approximately 400-600 kg and 2.5 metres in length at shoulder height (up to 4 metres when standing up) while females weigh in the range of 150-200 kg (up to 400kg when pregnant) and measure about 1.8-2.4 metres.
There are an estimated 40,000 polar bears living in Arctic regions, half of those in Canada. Hudson Bay in particular is home to approximately 900 to 1000 of these beautiful mammals and is a popular worldwide tourist destination for polar bear watching and photography tours.
Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, near Camp Nanuq, Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 260mm.
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