13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Taking the Leap

Polar bears are accustomed to the cold but do not like frigid waters. They will jump from one piece of ice to another in order to avoid the water. This polar bear could have walked the few meters but chose to jump. This was his take off pose.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Camera: NIKON D750