Science and Nature

The Great Polar Bear Feast

"The Great Polar Bear Feast" is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains.

The Great Polar Bear Feast

54m 41s

Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This extraordinary gathering not only highly unusual, it turns dangerous as the whale bones are picked bare, and the huge group of polar bears heads for the town.

Episodes

  • The Great Polar Bear Feast: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Great Polar Bear Feast

    54m 41s

    Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This extraordinary gathering not only highly unusual, it turns dangerous as the whale bones are picked bare, and the huge group of polar bears heads for the town.

Extras + Features

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    Preview

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    Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores of Barter Island, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This extraordinary gathering not only highly unusual, it turns dangerous as the whale bones are picked bare, and the huge group of polar bears heads for the town.

  • Gathering is a Challenge for Solitary Bears: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Gathering is a Challenge for Solitary Bears

    3m 7s

    Polar Bears and the Kaktovic community both feast on the Bowhead Whale. But the normally solitary bears must navigate a complex social scene as more than 80 now gather for the feed.

  • Scientific Feast For Polar Bear Studies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Scientific Feast For Polar Bear Studies

    2m 54s

    Dr. Todd Atkins and his team from the U.S.G.S. are studying the rapid environmental change in the Southern Beaufort Sea, and its correlation to the declining health of the polar bear population of the area.

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    Polar Bears and Humans Are Dangerous Neighbors

    3m 3s

    The bone pile has been stripped bare. And with little to no food left, the bears head towards Kaktovic to scavenge for food under the cover of darkness. Residents start up night patrols to keep the bears out of town.

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