Polar bear walks across flooded barrier island during Arctic storm

Polar bear appears to walk on top of rippled gray water. Just behind it are very large breaking waves below a gray-blue sky.

Detailed Description

Adult polar bear walking across a recently overwashed barrier island during a large Arctic storm in September 2016. The barrier island is offshore of Barter Island on Alaska’s north coast. Polar bears typically rest on the barrier islands during the day and transit to the "bone pile" on Barter Island in the evenings to feast on whale carcass remnants supplied by local village whaling activities. USGS scientists study coastal change on Alaska’s north coast.


Image Dimensions: 4608 x 3456

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Location Taken: Kaktovik, AK, US