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I think I mentioned in a previous post that these guys (this is a gal actually) have a Jacobs gland that allows them to taste the air and I suppose that this brings them a second dimension to their incredible ability to smell. As with many of my polar bear shots, she is at the shoreline of the great Hudson Bay, waiting for freeze-up. This is one of the few times one gets to see these bears since the Southern Hudson Bay population tends to congregate in the area just South of the mouth of the Churchill River -- the river dumps fresh water into the bay which very slightly lowers the salinity and combined with the prevailing northeasterly wind, this tends to form sea ice in this area first. And once the sea ice has formed and is able to support the weight of a bear (4-5 days of -10C or colder and a good strong NE wind) then it is off to the races for the bears. And it is terribly difficult to follow them out onto the ice -- it is often too broken up from tidal action for a snow machine to travel and the once on the ice and hunting the bears disperse in their mad dash for ringed seal and especially ringed seal pups .
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Other sites that you might find of interest -- my general wildlife site, which is www.tecshots.com and the site about the book that I am preparing to publish, which is www.onemanspolarbear.com.
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