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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
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I went to the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo with one of the volunteers telling me that the two teenage polar bears had been moved in and as luck would have it one of the teenagers was in the pool learning to navigate the waters. In this image the older polar bear is on the bottom with the younger polar bear (either Eli or York not sure which) on the top.

The young bear was having real problems trying to stay submerged and it kept bobbing to the surface like a cork while the older bear easily swam around the pool.

I have been told by various volunteers at the zoo that the younger more inexperienced polar bears have had an older bear placed with them so that the younger bears could learn the polar bear way of doing things.

Nik detail extractor (25,6,6,normal)
silver efex pro2 neutral (0,0,0,orange)

f4 1/1000 32mm

Taken February 3, 2017.
· Date: Tue February 7, 2017 · Views: 175 ·
Keywords: polar bear, Journey to Churchill, Assiniboine Park Zoo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D7100
Lens Make / Focal Length: AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
Filters / Type Used: uv
Flash / Type Used: n/a
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: visit to zoo
State / County / Area Image Taken: Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Wed February 8, 2017 4:15pm

Your explanation "makes" the picture for me Jan - good when the official volunteers are co-operative and happy to offer explanations. Your Polar Bear library of picture must be VERY extensive

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Wed February 8, 2017 8:07pm

I really like this black and white rendering of the polar bears. Do the younger bears have a more "floaty" coat to help them while they learn to swim well?

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,829
Sat February 11, 2017 10:22pm

Another beautiful bear photo Jan, great in B&W,

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