Polar bear feeding on the carcass of a Bowhead whale on Barter Island, Alaska.
Polar bear feeding on whale carcass
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A Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) feeding on the carcass of a Bowhead whale on Barter Island, Alaska. The Inupiat villagers of Kaktovik hunt Bowhead whales during the fall migration, and the discarded carcasses are a food source for numerous polar bears in the area. Once the meat is mostly consumed from the carcasses, the polar bears await the forming of the sea ice, over which they’ll travel to hunt for seals in the coming winter months. Polar bear, Barter Island, Alaska.
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