June 23 - July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2
At one o’clock in the morning we finally saw our first polar bear, actually spotted by a couple of the catering staff who were on the bridge! It was a male and close to the ship. The ship was stopped and as everyone watched the bear slowly ambled away. As it was crossing a pressure ridge, maybe 150 meters away, it paused, waited briefly, and then suddenly broke through the crust and immediately hauled out a seal! Film crews have tried to capture this for years without success, and there the whole drama unfolded right in front of everyone.