Geoff's Polar Bear Story

Video Shot in: 2009

Geoff Carroll recalls his encounters with polar bears during his work on the whale census. Camped on the edge of the open lead (open water) in spring, Geoff and his team made efforts to keep the bears away from their camps. While they generally had benign experiences with polar bears, Geoff shares a particularly memorable incident. One day at their census camp, with separate sleep and cook tents, Geoff was asleep in a sleep tent while one of their whale counters was cooking in the cook tent. Suddenly Jim noticed a polar bear halfway through the front door of the tent, and the gun happened to be near the bear. Jim yelled and threw a frying pan at the bear, hitting it on the nose, causing it to retreat.