2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

A polar bear travels submerged under water - a tactic often employed to surprise prey. As part of a fragile Arctic ecosystem, the bears are threatened by the recent dramatic reduction in ice cover. Sea ice - frozen seawater that moves with the ocean currents - provides an important habitat and resting place for many animals. The Artic ice cover reached a record low in 2007. Many attribute this situation to global warming.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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