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Polar bear as cartographer's apprentice?

  1. Sep 2, 2011 #1

    arildno

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    Or, at least, this young male suddenly appeared on board the cartographer ship "Hydrograf" 2AM.
    As can be seen on the video, it was very interested in the blue garbage container, and on one of the photos, it has smelled the humans observing it through a ventilation hatch to the (locked) cabin.

    Once the bear had explored the boat for an hour and a half, it climbed out again, and swam off..
    http://www.dagbladet.no/2011/09/02/nyheter/innenriks/isbjorn/17944937/
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2011 #2

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    Thank God no one wandered out on deck to round a corner only to see that cute little white fur ball :surprised staring them down. Do they have a clue how the bear got on board in the first place ?

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  4. Sep 3, 2011 #3

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    It had followed the boat for three days, on land and in sea.
    It had attempted to get on board one time earlier, in daytime, but was unsuccessful.

    So, it obviously had the determination to get on board..
     
  5. Sep 3, 2011 #4

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    Are you kidding me !! How many days swimming !! Did he think a hot female polar bear was onboard ?

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  6. Sep 3, 2011 #5

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    Since the bear seemed well nourished, that might well have been the reason behind its determination..
     
  7. Sep 3, 2011 #6

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    OK, a female polar bear somehow got on board, left her scent and went undetected while she was there and left. Then, this male decided she was worth swimming for ? What other possible scenario's are there ?

    Rhody...
     
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  8. Sep 3, 2011 #7

    arildno

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    Polar bearesses smell like garbage?
     
  9. Sep 3, 2011 #8

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    Once bears get a taste for our food-scraps, cooking-grease, etc, they can be pretty determined when they catch a whiff of garbage. I'm guessing that garbage container might smell pretty good to a bear.
     
  10. Sep 3, 2011 #9

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    I will give you that turbo, but following the ship by swimming even if going slow for three days ? Cmon, pickings for food can't be that slim on land, can they ? Let me put it this way, if you saw what you believed to be your soul mate, just briefly, then had to swim behind a boat for even one 24 hour period to be with her, would you ?

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  11. Sep 3, 2011 #10

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    It didn't swim for three days.
    The crew had observed it over a three day period, sometimes at sea, sometimes on land.
    The "Hydrograf" was on a survey mission to establish a new sea lane, and was therefore criss-crossing a fairly small area that was the habitat of the bear in the first place.
     
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    The odor may have been perceived differently from a distance, perhaps cementing the bear's determination. Maybe mixed odors separate in the air? Maybe the bear had good results from previous trash dining.
     
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