Diane Tells all about her Svalbard Polar Bear Safari
I am not sure how many polar bears the other ship saw--but we had hordes. Ty spotted the first one on day three, just a bobbing head in the water quite far away. After that we had one to four bears a day. All sorts. Lazy bears, one on the ice with a recent seal kill, a mother with two cubs, another on the ice, and then another. The mother decided to hop in the water with her cubs to swim to the walrus beach. The expedition staff were reconnoitring onshore, and due to the glare of the sun, did not see the bears at first. We were shouting from the ship--all staff had their sprint test that day! The mother bear was perhaps 30 feet from the last staff member who jumped aboard the Zodiac. She was uninterested in humans. Hadleigh claimed it was because he had not washed his base layers in four days.
The mother decided to hop in the water with her cubs to swim to the walrus beach.