Polar bear on a whale carcass

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Comments (18)

c0l0gne1 on September 12, 2009

Simply sensational! You are really privileged to have seen a polar bear outside a zoo.

Cheers, Gudrun

Joehenri on September 13, 2009

Thank you, Gudrun. Actually there were three different polar bears feeding off this carcass during the 30 minutes or so we were allowed to watch from some 150 meters distance. A marvelous and extremely rare experience.

And if you have a dream of visiting Spitsbergen - it isn't that far from Germany to Longyearbyen. Direct flights at a reasonable price from Oslo in the high season if you book ahead. Best time to visit is from mid-February to the end of April for winter with snowmobile and dog sleigh-trips, and August till mid-September for "summer" and boat cruises.

Regards, Joehenri.

c0l0gne1 on September 13, 2009

What an incredible experience! Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland are definitely on my travel list, though probably not in the next few years- as long I'm up to long flights I'll try to visit the far off places.

Greetings, Gudrun

Pixelfoto.hu Kiss Lá… on September 30, 2009

Beautiful shot!

Greetings from Hungary,


© o. s. on November 12, 2009

..a nice picture and funny scratches on the rock ;)




Joehenri on November 18, 2009

Thank you for the visit and comments Oliver. And about the funny scratches - the bear isn't standing on a rock, but on a dead whale ;)

Best regards, Joehenri.

Elios Amati (tashime… on February 1, 2010

Fantastic shot! Lucky you... Greetings from Italy, Elios

Joehenri on February 2, 2010

Thank you tashimelampo. I agree this was an amazing strike of luck. But after watching through your gallery, and seen some of the places you have been - I would deem you rather lucky as well ;)

Greetings from Norway.

Joehenri on April 19, 2010

Thank you for your stars and BO's, Bruce. I'm very honoured by your positive remarks.

Meerkat on May 9, 2010


Luper on June 3, 2010

Very very Lucky. No words to say...


Joehenri on June 3, 2010

There is a lesson to be thought by this. When in luck - Bring your camera :)

Henkeliduu on July 27, 2010

I agree with everyone that has commented on this picture before me...

Jean Gregory Evans on September 17, 2010

Yes, incredible! The comments are spot on.

matsljungberg on September 27, 2010

Good capture and congratulations to your experience. I will go to Svalbard some day. Like. Greetings, Mats.

Dominique Rolland ✩☂ on March 14, 2013

Merveilleuse et belle photographie


Yanghun, Lee on October 26, 2013

Hello. Joenri! marvelous photograph!!! LIKE!  congratulation and have a nice day for you  ♡ best regards from YANGHUN LEE . KOREA. 餓 熊 求 食*

Karen Chaudoin on October 20

Lovely photo.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 9, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Joehenri
    • Taken on 2009/09/05 16:36:36
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO1400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash