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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A polar bear at home in the ice

I was driving a small boat through the ice to get back to my ship off Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. There are many, many bears there, and I turned to look for a way through the ice and I spotted this bear through the mist watching us pass. It looked perfectly at home.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Russia
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © Alex Chavanne