Mike Lockhart talks about bears and climate change

Video Shot in: 2009

Mike Lockhart discusses the challenges faced by polar bears in the face of rapid climate change. He emphasizes the concern that bears may not be able to adapt quickly enough to the changing ice conditions, often getting stranded on shore or succumbing to long swims in harsh weather to reach the retreating ice. Lockhart highlights the remarkable ability of polar bears to locate food, especially seals, even in vast and icy environments. He mentions their skill in tracking scents and finding hidden breathing holes in the ice, where seals are hiding. Lockhart also shares anecdotes of capturing polar bears, including instances where bears instinctively dive into water to escape helicopters, underlining the importance of ensuring their safety during research efforts. He touches upon the interaction between polar bears and Iñupiaq communities that harvest whales.