natgeo
5 months ago
Photograph by @paulnicklen // He was the largest and most impressive male polar bear I have ever seen. But in this moment, he looked small, submissive and defeated as his constant attempts at mating were rejected by this beautiful female. I sat with them for 24 hours bearing witness to this intimate exchange even though his desires were never realized. We will never truly understand what it means to be a polar bear but I am in Svalbard for the next two weeks for @sea_legacy getting a glimpse into their complex and fragile existence. To see how dominant males find female bears during the breeding season #follow me on @paulnicklen. #nature #love #beauty #polarbears
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