30 Mar '12, 2pm

We've been tracking Izzy, a polar bear!

We've been tracking Izzy, a polar bear!

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on sea ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. © Steve Morello / WWF-Canon Between the ash-colored sky, misty rain and snow-covered shoreline, I struggled to make out the polar bears that our captain insisted were straight ahead of us. No matter how much I strained, toggling between binoculars and naked eye, all I observed was thick, milky nothingness. But as our small boat slowly motored in the choppy water along Edgeøya—an uninhabited island in the high Arctic of Svalbard, Norway-three hulking forms suddenly appeared. One polar bear was walking away and disappeared into the mist almost as quickly as it had appeared. Another bear was curled up asleep. And a third bear was right there - right there! How could I not see her? She was moseying at a nice clip, seemingly purposeless but probably searching for morsels to eat. Run-of-the-mill stuf...

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