14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Alaska Polar Bear Emerging from the Beaufort Sea

A polar bear emerges from a swim in the Beaufort Sea near the Iñupiat village of Kaktovik. While polar bears spend most of their life on the sea ice, many congregate during the ice-free period between August and October near Barter Island.

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Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Alaska, United States of America
Copyright: © Jessica Matthews