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    • A polar bear encounter - 1 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      On a recent Abercrombie & Kent trip to the Arctic aboard Le Boreal, Travel Weekly Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann joined the polar bear encounter excursion via Zodiac. The following is his experience, as told in his words (all photos by Arnie Weissmann): "When we arrived, there was one bear, an older female, napping on an island after feasting on a seal carcass.

    • A polar bear encounter - 2 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "Something caught her attention and she suddenly looked up.

    • A polar bear encounter - 3 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "Another bear was in the water, swimming from the mainland directly towards her.

    • A polar bear encounter - 4 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The bear swam past our ship, Le Boreal, anchored nearby.

    • A polar bear encounter - 5 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "It made its way between our Zodiac and another.

    • A polar bear encounter - 6 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The first bear left the carcass and walked down to shore, watching the second bear approach.

    • A polar bear encounter - 7 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "She took a position behind the swimming bear, waiting from him to come ashore.

    • A polar bear encounter - 8 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The second bear emerged from the water...

    • A polar bear encounter - 9 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "...and shook itself dry like a dog.

    • A polar bear encounter - 10 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The first bear followed the second, at a respectful distance. The new arrival was a young, strong male.

    • A polar bear encounter - 11 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The second bear went straight for the seal carcass; the first approached him along the shore line.

    • A polar bear encounter - 12 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The two engaged in a staring contest; "Watch for the charge," our guide said.

    • A polar bear encounter - 13 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The first bear, perhaps having already eaten its fill, backed down, turned and walked away without further confrontation.

    • A polar bear encounter - 14 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "She walked at least 50 yards away from the first bear.

    • A polar bear encounter - 15 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The newcomer tore into the seal...

    • A polar bear encounter - 16 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "...and the first bear cleansed her palette by eating some snow.

    • A polar bear encounter - 17 of 17

      A polar bear encounter

      "The only other bears we saw were, like this one, from the ship at quite a distance."

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