14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Alaska Polar Bear Emerging from the Beaufort Sea
A polar bear emerges from a swim in the Beaufort Sea near the Iñupiat village of Kaktovik. While polar bears spend most of their life on the sea ice, many congregate during the ice-free period between August and October near Barter Island.
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||Nov. 26, 2016, 3:37 p.m.