Polar bear love. Svalbard with @melissa_schaefer Some polar bears are wanderers, and some are more local, like ”Bouba le Blanc”. ••• She was captured by scientists in her home territory on north-western Spitsbergen, in the beautiful fjord Raudfjorden, and was fitted with a GPS-collar. ••• She was a beautiful young female in good shape who had not had her first cubs yet. She spent all spring and early summer around Raudfjorden, where there was plenty of ice and she caught several seals. But during the summer the ice melted. Bouba le Blanc was stuck on land, and didn’t eat anything for several months. As autumn arrived, she was was starving. She had mated earlier in spring and was going to have cubs around the new year. If she didn’t get anything to eat she and her cubs would not make it. ••• In October Bouba jumped into the freezing water. She swam north. And she kept swimming. She swam for three days, almost 150 km (100 miles) until she finally reached the solid ground of the North Pole pack-ice. There she spent almost a month on the ice, walking back and forth, cathing seals and eating plenty. ••• But in November winter was approaching and Bouba was pregnant. Within a few weeks she would have to build a den and enter it. It’s impossible to do this on the moving sea ice. So Bouba jumped back into the ocean, and swam straight south, the same distance once again, back to the place she came from. Once back in Raudfjorden she climbed a hillside to dig her den and later that winter give birth to two cubs. Every polar bear has a story tell. ••• (Bouba’s movements were tracked thanks to the GPS-collar. By reading these, assumptions can be made about what she was doing).
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