A well-nourished Ursus maritimus having his breakfast at 5:00 in the morning after a hectic night in the Arctic ice in the north of Svalbard. After the polar bear managed to catch a bearded seal the evening before and ate parts of the seal, the polar bear decided to have a nap next to the leftovers of its prey - a behaviour that is not often seen in nature due to the high risks of attracting rivals. However, only an hour later a second polar bear appeared on the horizon and was heading straight towards the sleeping polar bear which finally ended up in a confrontation between the two polar bears. After two hours and multiple attempts to get a part of the ringed seal, the smaller female attacker gave up and went to sleep just 100 metres away. Still fully excited about the interaction between the two bears, I could not just leave the deck of our ship the Akademik Sergey Vavilov to get some sleep and potentially miss any further interaction or even attacks between the two polar bears. The next few hours there was not too much action and due to the heavy wind on deck it was getting freezing cold. However, around 5:00 in the morning the male polar bear woke up to have his breakfast in a beautiful cloudy Arctic scenery accompanied by some birds captured by the wide angle lens.
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