A polar bear is feeding on a walrus, in the soft evening light, close to a whole colony of walruses. We approach them slowly with two small boats. The bear decides to leave the carcass and take a closer look at us. Polar bears swim surprisingly fast.
What a nice reward for all our work: We have cleaned several beaches in Spitsbergen within a project for the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research. We weighed, counted and categorized the litter - and our data collection is now published in a scientific paper: at the Marine Pollution Bulletin! Read more