At Barrow, Alaska polar bear’s will congregate on a a whale carcass occasionally. Bowhead whales are hunted for subsistence by Inupiaq hunters. Many of the bowhead’s are caught in spring on the ice. Sometimes a carcass will makes it way on shore because the ice sheet the remains were on melts on land. Within a short time period a large number of polar bears come together and feed. It’s not always a friendly affair. This photo was taken by Donald Zanoff.
When I was working on my Master’s degree in Barrow there were 60+ bears on a whale carcass while I worked. Not you average work environment!
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