Un­der Sail

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“Po­lar” Bear Boat

The Swan 48 Is­b­jšrn lies at an­chor in Nor­way’s Sval­bard archipelago as a fe­male po­lar bear and her cub for­age for food. Is­b­jšrn— which means “po­lar bear” in Swedish—was on an ex­pe­di­tion sail into Arc­tic wa­ters, skip­pered by pho­tog­ra­pher Schell and his wife, Mia Karls­son. They man­aged to get close enough to the two bears in their dinghy to watch them feast on an old whale car­cass for more than an hour. Schell was moved by the ex­pe­ri­ence: “To say it was an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence would be an un­der­state­ment... To be that close to na­ture, to the sym­bol of thr Arc­tic it­self... there’s no words.” As for the bears, they paid the crew no at­ten­tion what­so­ever, says Schell.

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