Polar Fights- Deepthie

 

 

 

I was in  Hudson Bay area of Churchill, Manitoba- the Polar Bear Capitol of
Canada in late  October 2006.

We were taken out in to the Tundra in a special Tundra buggy  ( an old
school bus fitted out with tractor wheels to take the rough ride on the
Arctic tundra )
On the shores of  the Sub Arctic Tundra of Hudson Bay- the Polar Bears wait
listlessly for the ice to form,  in early November ,to use it as  platform,
to ride out the open waters to hunt for seals- their main food source.
People from all over the world come to Churchill, Manitoba for this annual
event  if the Polar Bears waiting for Ice ..

These are two young juvenile bears- about 3 yrs old,  coming out of
‘walking hibernation ‘  from early April to early November .
They don’t go to a deep  winter sleep ( nov – april )  like the black bears
and Grizzly bears .
Polar bears- are half asleep, half awake, wondering around like  zombies ,
eating sea weeds, spring vegetation, rodents, caribou calves , sea gulls etc
. for protein .
The Polar Bears have the opposite time frame  for hibernation from that  of
Black and Grizzly Bears

 These two juveniles- one is asleep on a bed of sea weeds, and the other-
bored out of its skull, so he nags the other ‘wanna fight ? ”
These play fights are a  preparation for the real thing- when they would
fight with determined ferocity,  for the female  to mate with .

We watched this ‘play fight ‘ go on for an hour or so, drinking hot
chocolate. Coffee, tea, and eating cookies and muffins in the warm comfort
of the Tundra Buggy .

The sad thing now is that with Climate Change- these bears have to go
hungry for a longer time, as the ice thins out early forcing them to swim
lot longer in search of seals  ,and the ice platforms  forms late ,
extending their ‘ walking hibernation ‘ period .

 In one generation, my grandkids will see Polar Bears, only in their
grandmother’s photo album ….
My advice to you all- =if you want to see  live Polar Bears in the wild,
come to Churchill now, or see them in a zoo .
It is usually the American tourists that  fill the  3  day Via Rail

 

Sam- you folks really have to see this to believe it – it is wonderful .

I went again, two yrs later,  in July 2008,  to see the Arctic  in Bloom,
Beluga Whales and Bears ( Bears, Belugas and Blooms )  and saw polar bears
again – they broke into the local coffee shop early am, and had to be chased
out of town .
They are hungry- and the smell of fresh baking from the bakery was too much
for them at 5 am !

There  is a special 911 alarm for polar bear  sightings in the town of
Churchill- and the bakery was within walking distance of our Polar Inn !
When the alarm goes off, it wakes up the whole town, so people can stay
safe indoors.

No one walks around alone after dark in Churchill- but, one day, I took a
chance and went out at night  to see the Northern Lights !, and walked alone
in the afternoon  to the  National Park  to see the wild flowers and
photograph them, and to see the glacier carvings on the granite rock tops .

The Parks Canada Ranger-   located at the top of the granite outcrop, armed
with his long range gun, saw me from through his  binocs and later told me,
that a polar bear was walking parallel to me, down in the Hudson Bay shore
line .

I was on higher ground  , and I had a ‘feeling ‘ that a bear was down
below, and somehow, there was No Fear in me at all …
I was glad, that the bear ‘knew me ‘ and my scent is now in his DNA !!!!

The Parks Canada guy thought I was crazy !!!! and he kept watch on me, till
I returned back to town and told me ” now don’t stop to take any more
photos- just walk straight down to town’
Like hell- I stopped a dozen more times, before I reached the town, knowing
the Parks Canada Ranger was watching out for my safety !

 

Enjoy- eagleD

 

 

7 thoughts on “Polar Fights- Deepthie

  1. Dear Deepthie,

    Thank you for sharing beautiful photos and stories
    Your life seems an interesting fab tale continuous
    Very happy to hear my friend, all your experiences
    Do Keep them coming with photos to liven our lives

    Ariya

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  2. Hi Deepthie
    You are so lucky to have sighted these beautiful polar bears. In our recent visit to Alaska we did not see a single bear nor whale. May be the season we were there,is not right
    Selvi

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  3. Dear 🦅D
    What wonderful pictures of the polar 🐻 bears. I can remember you relating this wonderful expedition to see the polar bears 🐻 to me.I think if any one wants to find about nature they should consult you.
    Sam your photo of the winding train 🚂 is superb. It reminded me of my school holidays when my parents used to take us to Diyatalawa as my father worked for the PWD and used to get three first class railway tickets ( they were called warrants those days ) every year. Wish I could turn the clocks back. Praxy

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  4. Ya- lets turn the clocks back next year- lets do a train trip to Kandy in the luxoury car !
    Who wants wifi when passing through such lovely scenery ?
    I did this trip about 20 yrs ago too and it was good – no wifi at that time .

    Polar Bears —
    Selvi- at this time of the year, they are in a state of hibernation so, you are less likely to see them out and about, unless you are in the High Arctic- like I was in sept 2014- when we saw mom and two cubs in the wild- in a narrow fjord- perhaps it may have been the first time the mom ever saw / scent of humans, in this very isolated fjord off Pond Inlet- Nunavut .

    I am not that you did not see whales- the vibrating engine sound of the many ‘floating cities ‘ of the very popular Alaska tour ships have sent the whales else where .
    Whales are very sensitive to underwater sounds, as this is how they communicate with each other and any extraneous sounds interfere with their way of life – mainly family gatherings and food search efforts .

    Please send some pics of your trip to Alaska for the web for all to see – Dharma is the Chief of Photography- so, tell him to send some pics .
    Thanks for the responses- eagleD

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  5. Dear 🦅D
    I think it is a god idea to go on the train after the next RU. That will be fantastic having our own observation car and singing along. What more do we eant ??? We will definitely keep this idea in mind.

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  6. Thanks for the pictures Deepthi. We all do crazy things. But I would never take a walk alone in Polar bear country to see wild flowers or Northern lights. You have a way to even charm wild animals. You are gifted Deepthi.

    Nisantha

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    • Thanks Nisantha for the comment on the ‘wild things ‘ we all do !
      I will send you a photo I took of bear, that got scared of Me ( !! ) and ran crashing in to the forest, while I was on my morning walk in the woods a few wks ago !
      Since then, I carry with me ‘ bear bells ‘ that jingle when I walk alone in the woods .
      This cub- just kicked out by mom from the den, was the’ new kid on the block’ looking and trying to establish territory .
      Perhaps I will send it to Sam for the Web !
      eagleD

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