It is an extremely painful and tragic video to watch. Canadian biologist and wildlife photographer Paul Niklen and filmmakers from the conservation group Sea Legacy went to Baffin Island in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut in late summer of this year.
Unable to intervene, they filmed the desperate bear as a way to show the effects of global warming and climate change.
There are 19 populations of polar bears in the circumpolar Arctic, 13 of them, or approximately 16,000 of some 25,000 bears are in Canada. While some of the populations are maintaining their numbers, a few have already begun showing declines. Many experts contend that as the Arctic continues to warm, most of the populations will be threatened, and numbers will shrink.