15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Polar Bear cub waiting for the freeze.

These bears are part of the Southern Beaufort Sea population, estimated at 900 animals. They use an area extending more than 800 miles along the north coasts of Alaska and Canada. The bears traditionally have spent much of their time on drifting pack ice--feeding, resting, and denning. However, an increasing number of bears now spend time on land while they wait for sea ice to form.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Kaktovik, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Francois Aspesberro