Oh No...Its A Polar Bear
On my first assignment offshore I was working on a work boat off of Barrow, Alaska in the Alaskan Arctic. We arrived there in early August. The seas were very rough and I was assigned to a 300 foot work boat (BTW, that is a small one). This added to the misery of the crew.
Temperatures hovered in the mid to upper 40's at first.
We settled into our daily routines. I was hoping that I would see some wildlife, but other than the occasional Minke whale. One day a crewmember spotted an iceberg with a huge herd of walruses on it off in the distance. We could only see it using binoculars. As the iceberg drifted closer we noticed something was swimming towards us.
The object turned out to be a polar bear. Everyone on the boat came out to get photos of this animal. It swam right up to the ship and then sniffed the air very attentively.
It was more than a little scary watching this animal watch me.
Soon the bear became bored with us, swam back to his iceberg and went back to sleep.
Image Credit » Jay Angel