2008 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

A bear and a glaucous gull feed on the remains of a beluga whale. Probably a large bear had killed the whale and ate its fill, leaving the remains to this smaller one. Sea ice - frozen seawater that moves with the ocean currents - provides an important habitat and resting place for animals such as these. In recent years, satellite pictures have shown 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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