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Hanseatic Review

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“There’s a polar bear dead ahead of us!”

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mgrenby
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Jul 2014
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Alaska and Russia couldn't get much closer
locals welcome us
russian dance demonstration
past and present in the eastern russian arctic
keeping an armed watch out for polar bears
birder's delight
flowers cling to life in harsh weather
ship dwarfs zodiacs in sea ice
arctic squirrel adopts meerkat pose

WRANGEL ISLAND, Russia – The announcement came over the ship’s PA system at 3:35am: “There’s a polar bear dead ahead of us.”

Within minutes passengers appeared up on deck, some still in their PJs, looking at the polar bear swimming near the ship just off Wrangel Island, in the eastern Russian Arctic.

It was a bright, sunny day (the sun had risen at 1:44am), and this was our first polar bear sighting of several to come. We were 500km north of the Arctic Circle and the ocean was unusually calm; we could see the bear’s head reflected in the water as he turned to look at us.

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