A melting ice deprived the polar bear of an opportunity to explore his preying skills on seals.
In the last summer, Paul Nicklen, a photographer, as well as a group of filmmakers from Sea Legacy captured the animal scavenge for a meal at the Canadian Baffin Islands. The explorers were moved to tears as they viewed the animal make a sluggish attempt to navigate a field.
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It was a departure from what is expected of bears - creatures naturally built with skills of athleticism and an impressive hunting prowess.
“We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,” Nicklen said in a chat with the National Geographic.
“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realise what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death,” he added.
A declining climate is largely responsible for the sad visuals which has seen the bear deprived of seals who have often found a habitat living around the sea ice.
A lack of it has meant that the polar bear has to look for alternative food source.
The European Geosciences Union in a study published in the year 2016, submitted that melting sea ice is consistently a threat to polar bears who have seen their grizzly cousins move into their territories.