Friday, July 1, 2011
Svalbard Wildlife - Part 2
Here is one of the hiking groups from the ship dwarfed by the immense environment that surrounded us.
Another image of this wonderland of sea, mountain, and ice.
Our first view of a polar bear in the distance.
These guillemots really reminded me of penguins.
After the ship had quietly drifted in closer, we got a much better view of our first polar bear and could see that it was feeding on a seal.
After deciding that the ship had gotten too close, the bear slipped into the water and started to swim away.
This guillemot also did not like us getting close!
After the ship had left the polar bear, we came across this Bearded Seal on an ice floe. The bearded seal is named for the thick white whiskers near its mouth which it uses to locate prey like fish, crabs, shrimp, clams and snails.
Here is one of the few reindeer that we saw.
More scenic beauty.
We came across a lone walrus resting on an ice floe.