by Mike Reimer with photos by Ian Johnson
The polar bear overload continues unabated at Seal River as Birds, Bears and Belugas enters its fourth week.
Record breaking numbers of healthy gorgeous polar bears came ashore two weeks ago after an obvious breakup of winter ice just offshore from Seal River Heritage Lodge . They’ve been wowing guests and staff alike ever since.
There have never been less than six bears in sight of the Lodge and many more have been encountered while out on expeditions. Our best day up until the end of July featured 21 bear sightings, with an overall tour count of 41 different polar bears and some 60 encounters on a departure! Amazing!
One of the many very exciting bear encounters was with the very rare “black footed booby bear” below. She was affectionately named “Bindi Black Paws” by the guests, who became very attached to her. It is very unusual to see a polar bear with such rare distinct markings, but Seal River never fails to astound and reward us with these unique wildlife sightings.
Mothers and cubs are always a real highlight and a high number of sows with coys (cubs of the year) have paraded past the Lodge this season. The beautiful male below is also in superb health and seems to have “adopted” us, feeling quite comfortable spending his days lounging within easy walking distance of the Lodge, much to the delight of our guests!
Thanks to Ian Johnson Safaris for once again supplying these fabulous polar bear photos!
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Very nice. When is the best month(s) to do the Birds, Bears and Belugas? Thanks.
Birds, Bears and Belugas takes place in July and August and the polar bears are active in both months. You can find more information here: https://churchillwild.com/adventures/birds-bears-belugas/
Thanks for visiting!
Thank you. Intrigued by the picture of the aurora borealis, can one see them in July and August too?
Yes, you can see them in July and August Ranjan.
Awesome photo!!! My dream wish is to do this trip and see this! They are stunning. It takes my breath away.
Thank you Reesa!
Amazing. I have asked my husband next anniversary a trip, in love with polar bears.