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This 16-year-old male polar bear died of starvation resulting from the lack of ice on which to hunt seals. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Global Warming Images
Renowned polar bear expert Dr. Ian Stirling, who has studied the bears for almost 40 years, describes this polar bear found dead in Svalbard as "little more than skin and bones," having perished due to a lack of sea ice on which to hunt seals:
"From his lying position in death the bear appears to simply have starved and died where he dropped," Stirling said. "He had no external suggestion of any remaining fat, having been reduced to little more than skin and bone."

The bear had been examined by scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute in April in the southern part of Svalbard, an Arctic island archipelago, and appeared healthy. The same bear had been captured in the same area in previous years, suggesting that the discovery of its body, 250km away in northern Svalbard in July, represented an unusual movement away from its normal range. The bear probably followed the fjords inland as it trekked north, meaning it may have walked double or treple that distance

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Thanks to Brad Johnson for sending out this photo:  @climatebrad

Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 08:04 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks, Climate Change SOS, and Daily Kos.

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