A curious polar bear checks out my camera trap on the shores of Svalbard, Norway and takes his own portrait.
A large male polar bear feeds on the ribs of a bearded seal.
Two polar bears box on the sea ice as a storm looms in the background.
Its image mirrored against the water surface, a polar bear dives below a pan of ice.
Polar bears are great swimmers, yet without sea ice they cannot jump from floe to floe to hunt.
A polar bear shakes his head as he exits the frozen sea.
A mother polar bear and her cubs gather at the water's edge. Without ice in the summer months, polar bears struggle to hunt seals.
A lone bear sniffs the cold Arctic wind for signs of seals nearby.
A young polar bear walks across Somerset Island in search of sea ice.
A mother polar bear waits for a chance to catch a seal.
An old and massive polar bear scans the fjord for any unsuspecting seals that may be drifting past on a pan of sea or glacier ice.
Every year the sea ice forms later in the fall and melts earlier in the spring, leaving bears stranded on land for longer periods of time.
A massive male polar bear exits the sea and climbs an iceberg, leaving a small waterfall running down the ice.
A polar bear climbs out of the frigid sea onto glacier ice.
Polar bears have keen senses, always listening, smelling and keeping an eye out for acute changes in their environment.
A curious polar bear peeks into the window of a cabin in Svalbard, Norway.
A polar bear buries its noice in the snow during a strong winter blizzard.
Polar bears box it out during a blizzard in the Canadian Arctic.
A mother polar bear and her two-year-old cub stranded on a small iceberg in Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada.
A polar bear cuddles a snowball while he naps.
A young bear carefully navigates a disintegrating ice pack.
A massive male polar bear sports a fresh battle wound on his face from fighting with another male for the right to breed.
A polar bear peers into a freshly-formed crack in the ice.
A disappearing glacier dwarfs a young polar bear.
The surrounding mountains dwarf a large, male polar bear.
I have always been able to find bears roaming around on sea ice throughout the summer. On this occasion however, we didn't find any sea ice and we never found any bears alive.