Baby Walrus!

 

Another book cover graced by a bear, although this one is accompanied only by its icy mirror image, not a child. Polar Obsession by Paul Nicklen is a magnificent compilation of death-defying photographs. Not only did Nicklen, a National Geographic photographer who grew up among the Inuit on Baffin Island, risk his own life for these phenomenal photographs, but their intent is to defy the impending death of some of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems.

Here we have the Svalbard of The Golden Compass in all its’ natural splendor. There be whales here: beluga, bowhead, and narwhal. Nicklen has an amazing encounter with a leopard seal trying to feed him, and a terrifying one with an elephant seal trying to flatten him. My affinity for polar bears is well documented, and there are some awesome pictures of the dwindling beasts, but it was this picture of a mother walrus and her calf that captivated me!

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