Paul Nicklen

While in the Arctic with the @Sea_Legacy expedition crew a few months ago, @CristinaMittermeier and I documented a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. A noted bear biologist could not pinpoint exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death. We do know that he didnโ€™t have any visible wounds and that he was not old. At one time, this bear would have been a big healthy male, like the beautiful bear pictured here. Many of you asked if we could have saved the starving bear or euthanized him to ease his pain. Thank you for all your engagement and for caring about these bears as much as I do. The truthโ€”which is hard to hearโ€”is that he was on his last legs. His muscles had atrophied beyond repair. Plus, it would have been highly illegal to feed him or approach him. Obviously, we could not euthanize him, for legal, cultural and personal reasons. Instead of becoming angry or hopeless, we must work harder for solutions. There is hope for the remaining population of 25,000 polar bears. Itโ€™s up to all of us to change our habits if we want to see results. Click the link in my bio to learn more about these solutions and how they will work towards drawdown, where the warming of the planet finally stops, and reverses.

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2017.12.06. 19:21



2017.12.11. 18:37
Still sad ๐Ÿ˜ข


2017.12.11. 21:25
Iโ€™ve minimized my consumption of animal protein about 10 years ago. Once I found out how big the carbon print of factory farms was, I started paying attention.


2017.12.11. 22:32
Itโ€™s heartbreaking to think that food could not have been brought to him, or that he could have been sedated and taken somewhere warm to die in peace. Thatโ€™s too much cruelty for me to understand. I am not blaming you but I donโ€™t understand


2017.12.11. 23:03
@paulnicklen you had the possibility to save this little polar bear but you and your crew didnโ€™t do it. i know is illegal but you can gave him a little pie e of seal meat or anything else i mean nobody does nothing only for this stupid law!!! And the result is this poor starving bear. THIS IS NOT RIGHT.


2017.12.12. 00:59
They are such beautiful amazing animals


2017.12.12. 02:55


2017.12.12. 07:05
@frankmonkiewiczphoto did you know in the 1960s there were only about 6000 polar bears. Since we have stopped hunting them the numbers have been increasing every single year to their current levels and continue to do so.


2017.12.12. 13:13
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2017.12.12. 15:12
Happy to hear that although they are dying off because of global warming.


2017.12.13. 14:14
Thank you Paul for bringing us these stories. Thereโ€™s still hope!


2017.12.13. 22:52
I like you all photo ๐Ÿ–’๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน


2017.12.14. 05:51
@daccer88 seems equivalent to a journalist reporting human rights abuses rather than intervening in the specific case. While it is painful to not intervene it will have a bigger impact in the end to document what is happening and make the public aware. And anyone who spends any time in the outdoors knows that you don't feed wildlife. "A fed bear is a dead bear" as they say. Feeding a bear only contributes to its demise as it learns to rely on the provided food


2017.12.14. 06:14
@brenna.meagher no it's not the same at all. Not even close. If you see a child starving and you have the resources (key ingredient) to feed that child now, you wouldn't let him or her die and just report on it or video him or her as they stumbled or crawled toward the last garbage pile. You are right that we shouldn't feed bears in the wild, as it is dangerous and teaches them to get food from humans. This bear is an extreme example. It appears to be dying for some reason. And, I'm not suggesting that Paul and crew, empty their meal rations for the bear, but that they at least attempt to get the bear some help via phone, text message, somehow.


2017.12.14. 06:21
@brenna.meagher ...regardless of the excuses given by Paul and National Geographic crew, ignoring and exploiting this sick bear for their own purposes was despicable.


2017.12.14. 06:27
@daccer88 we might in the end not come to agreement here. Because journalists have most definitely let people die in order to report on abuses. They have also provided help to individuals when the situation warranted it or their sympathies triumphed. I suggest that the former is more effective and the latter is seemingly morally superior to the superficial observer. Getting food to this bear would have been a short term solution to a multigenerational problem. "That they at least attempt to get some help to the bear..." is what you are suggesting. Isn't that what they are doing?


2017.12.14. 06:39
@brenna.meagher, they weren't making any effort by what they said and did. They only provided excuses as to why they were not able to help.


2017.12.14. 12:57
@daccer88 I think what's going on is we're making differing assumptions about what's going on with the bear. You are assuming this a one off and this bear was sick and I was assuming this bear was part of a bigger problem. Currently polar bears are listed as threatened. So I guess time will tell if this is the canary in the coal mine or something else. Thanks for the debate


2017.12.14. 13:32
@brenna.meagher I think both of those may be correct. I just took it from the audio on the video that the bear was dying. I don't care why, I just think immediate action to try to save the bear should take priority over the perils of global warming, that they made the dying bear a poster child for. And yes thank you for your thoughts and kind approach.


2017.12.15. 00:51
@paulnicklen I saw the video on Nat Geo, and I cried as soon as I saw this bear. I imagine that to witness this must be painful. People dont realise that sometimes there is nothing we can do and even if you could have done something, it's not the solution. The problem is bigger than the picture. ๐Ÿ’” Thanks for sharing with the world cause people has to see and realise.


2017.12.15. 18:42
I made a collage with this picture ๐Ÿ˜€


2017.12.16. 15:32
@the__sweet__angel I couldn't get the link


2017.12.16. 18:22
Time for go vegan!


2017.12.17. 12:33
A thoughtful elaboration. Thank you for creating awareness! It was indeed a painful video to watch, - however without people like you; we would not be writing our reactions here..๐Ÿ™


2017.12.17. 21:36
Beautiful ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™


2017.12.20. 02:49
Breathtaking ....


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2017.12.22. 04:15
would you mind reposting that link you had in your bio?


2017.12.22. 08:25
@mirella_asdfghjkl unglaublich


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2017.12.28. 00:13
@mansrelief dumbass click bait spam on a Polar Bear pic


2017.12.28. 00:39
Alot of people on here really should read up on the death can't just throw the bear some food and expect it to live. Even human bodies go thru a process when death is near, you stop eating and drinking....then you die. Educated yourselves and share what you learn. Stop eating meat and using so much plastic ect. We all need to change or it will continue. Be the voice for the voiceless and stop killing our Earth and Oceans.


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2018.01.09. 14:38
...absolutely beautiful, one of my favorite photographs ever


2018.01.19. 22:37
Your photos are always amazing! I love them!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


2018.01.20. 09:14
These remind me so much of the pictures I used to rip out of the national geographic when I was a kid. I'd lovingly hang them on my bedroom wall or tape them to the front of my binders. I can imagine my younger self doing the same thing with this image.


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