Walking on Thin Ice… One More Polar Bear

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) crawling on thin ice

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) crawling on thin ice

It has been quite a while since I published an image, so I thought I would put up a funny one, one that I really like about Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) because it shows the (deceivingly) goofy side of these white, fluffy and yet deadly giants.

Beside being funny, the image actually shows an interesting behavior: when they are approaching thin ice, polar bears assume this position and start crawling on the ice so that their considerable weight more evenly spreads out a wider surface, thus reducing the risk of breaking through the ice and going for a cold swim.

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7 thoughts on “Walking on Thin Ice… One More Polar Bear

  1. Dina

    This is exactly what I need right now to cool myself down, Stefano. I put my front head next to polar bear and it already feels a lot better, phew. He looks gorgeous! ❤ When can we expect to see more of Sofia, I wonder? 🙂
    We are experiencing a heat wave in the Rhine Valley, tomorrow it'll be more than 36°C, quite unusual for this time of the year.
    Wishing you a sunny weekend, all Four of you! 🙂 With lost of hugs,

    BTW, we are preparing something about the symbolism of dogs some time in the distant future. If you'd like to join us, just send me a shot of Sofia, width 1280… and we'll link you up.

  2. laurasmess

    Haha, there can never be too many polar bear photos Stefano! They are such amazing creatures. The crawling behaviour is pretty fascinating. It makes perfect sense… I love how intelligent animals are, purely by instinct (I know that’s a contradiction but it makes sense in my head!). Fantastic shot!


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