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Copyright: Mike Wong (TheUnknown) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 19 N: 118] (627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-18 13:37
Viewed: 3759
Points: 18
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From the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

During feeding time, this polar bear is happily munching on his fish while his 'friend' looks on.

Hope you enjoy it as this is my first post on TrekNature.


One of the most persistent myths about the polar bear is that a hunting bear will cover its black nose while lying in wait for a seal. The legend is widespread among native hunters.

Canadian biologist Ian Stirling has spent several thousand hours watching polar bears hunt. He has never seen one hide its nose, nor have other scientists.

Another recurrent myth is that the great white bears are left-pawed. Scientists observing the animals haven't noticed a preference. In fact, polar bears seem to use their right and left paws equally.

Yet another myth maintains that polar bears use tools, including blocks of ice to kill their prey. Scientist Ian Stirling believes that this assertion can be traced to unsuccessful hunts. After failing to catch a seal, a frustrated and angry polar bear may kick the snow, slap the ground — or hurl chunks of ice.

A more recent myth claims that the polar bear has a symbiotic relationship with the arctic fox, sharing its food in exchange for the fox's warning system. Zoologists discredit the association. While it is true that the arctic fox will occasionally travel behind the polar bear and feeds on the predator's scraps, it does not serve as a "guard fox."

Not only is the bear-fox relationship not symbiotic, the little foxes often annoy the bears. An arctic fox will sometimes tease a bear by darting in to nip at its heels and will sometimes try to drive a bear off its prey. For its part, a polar bear will occasionally lunge at or slap a fox.

Yet another myth concerns orca whales preying on polar bears. Scientist Ian Stirling concedes that while an orca might have an opportunity to attack a bear stranded on a remnant of ice, such an encounter is extremely unlikely. To his knowledge, it has never been observed. Polar bear biologist Scott Schliebe has never heard of this either.

One final misconception is that polar bears live at both poles. The belief is common among school children, who grow up seeing illustrations of penguins and polar bears together. Polar bears, of course, live only in the circumpolar North. They never encounter penguins, which do not live in the same regions as polar bears.

Source: www.polarbearsinternational.org

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Welcome to TN Mike,
This is an excellent opening post.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is very good.
Well composed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Enjoy TN, it's a fantastic site. I hope to see more of your shots here.

Hi Mike,
You start wiht a very nice picture. In fact it's great, taken tomorrow.;-)))I think you should check the date in the camera.
Or maybe it's the time-line.
The colours are nice, good details and POV (Point Of View)
Very well done.

Welcome to TN.

Hi Mike.
Welcome to Treknature. You have done very vell start with this interest photo. It's amazing, Singapore (a tropical country) and a polar bear! Really interesting. :)

Hi, Mike.
Interesting photo. Made with brains. Excellent composition.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-18 18:22]

Hi Mike,

Great first post, The detail is nice and sharp and the colours are lovely, I like the pose of the two friends spending time together. The note you have added is excellent too, well done.

Regards Hilary :o)

Superbe recontre entre ces deux animaux si différents. Bien vu, Mike!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-10 5:10]

Hi Mike, splendid composition with this big polar bear and the littel bird. Well seen and well done, Didier.

Hello Mike,
A very well composed image!
The interaction is interesting and very well seen, image has good natural colours and fine details!
Pablo -

Hi mike,
An excellent shot.Good POV and DOF though I personally hate to see such a beautiful and majestic animal in captivity.

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