Photo taken at: Summit Camp
Polar bears are being found in places they have never been seen before. In an article by Ryan Kunz, a researcher @nsfgov, Kunz details an unusual polar bear sighting. He was working in Greenland at the top of the Northern Hemisphere’s largest ice sheet, more than 10,000 feet above ground, when he saw a polar bear. The sighting forced many working at the station to stay indoors for 36 hours as others tried to lure the bear away by launching food far from the station. This sighting could be a record for a polar bear climb, as they generally stay on sea ice and are unlikely to go that high off the ground. Though it’s unclear whether polar bears will make treks like this one more frequently, their habitat is drastically changing which could lead to changes in polar bear behavior. With shrinking ice sheets, polar bear behaviors may become unpredictable as they search for new habitats.