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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

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wolfgirl569 wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:15 PM

They are very pretty, love that photo of him. I dont want to be near one

JeanC wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:16 PM

LOL! Turnabout is fair play hehehehehehe. Yeah, having a polar bear come over to give you a look while out in the wild would be intimidating. At least you and he weren't on land together.

valmnz wrote on February 4, 2015, 6:08 PM

What a wonderful experience, they are such beautiful looking animals. I understand they're not too friendly though. Great photo.

trufflehunter wrote on February 4, 2015, 6:21 PM

Great picture. Wonder what the bear wrote in his diary that day.

j2jworkz wrote on February 4, 2015, 6:38 PM

Wow, I'd love to see one up close!

Jay_Angel wrote on February 4, 2015, 7:06 PM

It was more than a little scary. I was thrilled and scared all at the same time.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:11 AM

I have been told that bears are highly intelligent animals and that they are curious creatures by nature. I like the photograph in your article of the swimming polar bear. Something to see up front and personal. Nice.

donrothra wrote on February 6, 2015, 9:28 AM

Meeting wildlife in their natural habitat can be scary and, many times, very dangerous.

cheri wrote on February 28, 2015, 9:38 PM

Wow! How I would love to see one. We do not have it here and I need to travel far just to see one.