What is your favourite polar bear encounter?
I enjoy all my polar bear encounters. Every time you see one it is special, and because they are wild animals their behaviour is always different. However, I do have a couple of especially memorable encounters. We saw a polar bear eating a seal, and after watching it for about an hour we were preparing ourselves to move on. At that moment, a second bear approached and we were expecting a fight between the bears over the remains of the seal. However, the bear currently eating was a young female and the approaching one was a big male, so when the male was close enough, the female went away - no fight. When the male reached the seal he took the head in his mouth and ‘cleaned’ it in the water, before dragging the seal to another place to start eating.
Do you have a favourite animal in Svalbard?
If I had to choose it would be a puffin, because they are so colourful, clumsy and funny.