A desperate polar bear makes an incredible stalk on an alert, but unsuspecting seal in this stunning film.
Did you know that polar bears succeed, on average, in only about one of every twenty hunts? When a bear is as malnourished as this one appears to be, the margin for error is very small indeed.
The attention to detail and focus of this starving bear’s stalk is incredibly intense. She ingeniously considers the wind direction, her own silent and deliberate movement, and the position of a young seal lying on an ice raft.
The climax of the hunt is far more exciting and dramatic than one might think possible for a three-minute video.
The video is a segment from the “In the Grip of the Seasons” episode of the BBC series The Hunt.