Surrounded by 13 polar bears!

This clip, from BBC Earth, shows 13 specimens of Ursus maritimus, the world’s largest land carnivores. I presume these scientists had a rifle with them, just in case. (As the YouTube notes say, “Gordon Buchanan and his crew find themselves surrounded by thirteen cute but incredibly dangerous polar bears: cubs and their deadly mothers.”)

Some day I’ll see these magnificent creatures, as well as their brown bear relatives snatching salmon out of Alaskan rivers.

h/t: Michael

9 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Yes, that’s a lot of bears.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      What was that cartoon with the two polar bears eating down through an Igloo. Crunching on the outside, soft in the middle.

  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    This clip, from BBC Earth, shows 13 specimens of Ursus maritimus,

    That is pretty ominous for a variety of reasons. Bears in general, polar bears in particular, are aggressively solitary beasts, so except for 1-to-1 mating encounters and cubs with their mothers (there is a family group in the picture), you just shouldn’t see them in groups. This probably speaks of a serious food crisis in the bear population. For a few days each year while waiting for the sea ice to strengthen enough to become maritimus, then accumulations along the land coast are long known. But for so many in one place, that is ominous.

  3. Posted December 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Amazing but yes, dangerous. These are a species that can consider humans to be food.

  4. Christopher
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m kinda tired of the whole “wildlife photographers filming wildlife photographers filming wildlife” things”. Granted, it’s not as annoying as those animal spy camera shows, where you have someone filming an animal-shaped camera filming the animals. This would however make a decent outtake dvd extra.

  5. Posted December 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    ‘Fee fie fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman’…. they were lucky neither human nor bear got hurt. Incredibly dangerous set up.

  6. Posted December 10, 2018 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Is it unfair to say that by naming the bear they anthropomorphize it?

  7. Zetopan
    Posted December 13, 2018 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    “Some day I’ll see these magnificent creatures” [polar bears]

    You best hurry before the Mango Mussolini administration drives these animals into extinction.


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