2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2006

A seal freshly shot by an Inuit hunter bleeds on the sea ice. The seal is still alive, so the hunter has pulled it away from its breathing hole so that it cannot escape. Sea ice - frozen seawater that moves with the ocean currents - provides an important habitat and resting place for many animals. Inuit depend on sea ice in their traditional way of life, and complain that there is less of it than only a few years ago. In recent years satellite pictures show a dramatic reduction in Artic ice cover, which reached a record low in 2007. Many attribute the 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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