"Within mere hours of departing Longyearbyen we were lucky to drift upon an incredible scene— a beautiful polar bear walking along the edge of some fast ice tucked into a fjord backed by a massive glacier. Fast ice is sea ice that is fastened to land. These areas of fast ice in the back of fjords can be great late spring and early summer hold outs, where sea ice sometimes lingers. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt their main prey— seals. The hunting in summertime gets trickier and tricker as the sea ice gets thinner and melts. A lack of ice ridges and icebergs in some areas also makes it more difficult for a polar bear to sneak up on a seal unsuspected. Once the sea ice is gone, polar bears are forced to fast on land until the sea ice freezes again in late fall or early winter." .
@polarbearsinternational's KT Miller just returned from an expedition to Svalbard with us. This week she will be sharing a photo a day from her journey on their Instagram account. #polarbeartakeover 📸: @ktmillerphoto
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