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    This photo was taken far out on the sea ice in the Davis Straight off the coast of Baffin Island. This mother polar bear and her yearling are perched atop a huge snow covered iceberg that got "socked in" when the ocean froze over for the winter. To me, the relative "smallness" of these large creatures when compared to the immensity of the iceberg in the photo represents the precariousness of the polar bear's reliance on the sea and sea ice for its existence.
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    Awesome photo. The composition is fantastic. The iceberg gives the scale of the world that the polar bears inhabit, but also the enormity of the challenges they face. The snow falling from the ridge where they're resting shows the fragility of what otherwise would seem massive and stable. The photo is beautiful and unsettling at the same time. Great example of a pristine ocean world that is going away.

    Enric Sala
    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Mar 13, 2015
    Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2016
    Location: Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 100
    Copyright: © John Rollins
    Categories: Adventure, Animals, Nature
    Assignments: Minimalism, Photo of the Day , Climate Change: In Focus, Beautiful Destinations, Pristine Seas
    Contests: 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year