I just edited and uploaded this footage of two big male polar bears sparring on the shores of Hudson Bay a few weeks ago while guiding an expedition for Natural Habitat Adventures. These big boys spar, or play fight, during their downtime they have waiting for the bay to freeze, so they can head out and start hunting seals. Mating season occurs in late winter out on the ice, and the fights for females are very real. This practice helps these bears hone their battle skills, and possibly learn where each bear stands on the hierarchy of power so they can avoid picking fights they can’t win, which expends vital energy and potentially results in serious injuries.
It was an amazing polar bear season, stay tuned for more highlights!
Keep exploring! Brad Josephs