Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Heartbreaking Image Of Polar Bear Starving Is A Wake Up Call For The Planet.

Scavenging For Food

Scavenging For Food

Paul Nicklen/Caters News

While filming from an abandoned fishing camp, they spotted an adult male polar bear. It was obvious that the bear was hungry and looking for food. He was searching through rusted bins and even took a bite out of an abandoned snowmobile seat. Although it wasn’t unusual for the bear to be scavenging, since it was the summer, there was something extremely wrong with this bear.

Skilled Hunters

Skilled Hunters

Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Polar bears are at the top of the food chain, and their diet mostly consists of seals. An adult male typically weighs around 1,200 pounds and will eat between 100-200 pounds of food a week to stay healthy. Since most of their food is abundant in the winter, polar bears are the only bear that doesn’t hibernate. It’s normal for them to struggle for sustenance during the summer, but what the SeaLegacy team saw wasn’t normal.

Starving To Death

Starving To Death

Paul Nicklen/Caters News

It was clear that the polar bear was starving to death. It had a thin frame, and its bones could be seen through its skin. His atrophied muscles showed the team that he had been in this condition for quite an extended period of time. He was lacking so much energy that he moved slowly, looking for food; food that would probably not be enough nourishment. Nicklen and the team were appalled.

A Heart-Breaking Image

A Heart-Breaking Image

Paul Nicklen/Caters News

“My entire @SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” Nicklen wrote on his Instagram when he shared the footage of the bear. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy.” His message went straight to the hearts of his followers.

Pointing Fingers

Pointing Fingers

Instagram/Paul Nicklen

Nicklen’s video, which was posted on his Instagram feed, and on National Geographic’s official page, had received more than 3.5 million views. The mainstream media soon got wind of it, and hundreds of articles were written about the polar bear and climate change. While most people agreed with how Nicklen felt, some people actually started blaming him and his team.

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