Polar Bears of Svalbard - Sunil Singh
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On crumbling ice

On crumbling ice

On an arctic expedition from Svalbard, we spotted this polar bear at about 81 degrees north. He was looking for food but he had to move very carefully on thin ice. I watched him deftly navigate the crumbling ice; he looked fearless and unaware of how threatened his existence had become. Fast melting glaciers and pack ice melting sooner than normal due to climate change have made extinction of this beautiful creature a real threat. Polar bears need pack ice to be able to hunt for seals, their primary food.

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