Polar Bear Meets Russian Submarine

Polar Bear Meets Russian Submarine

An Inquisitive polar bear has been pictured stepping from the ice onto a Russian nuclear submarine while searching for food in the Arctic.

The Delta IV class sub is thought to have been north of the Norwegian islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen when its crew decided to surface to get rid of bags of rubbish. 

All 120 sailors on board were told to stay below deck while the bear had a sniff around their vessel. 

Pictures taken from above the deck shows the lone polar bear sitting close to the submarine before it starts to cross the thick ice and leans in to get a closer look before steeping on. 

The Norwegian island of Spitsbergen is the only permanently populated area in the Svalbard area but polar bears can be spotted in the entire area.



Polar bears are found in five nations across the Arctic in the U.S. at Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway at Svalbard.  

Polar bears depend on the high-fat content in seal fat to maintain their diet. The bears prey on both ringed and bearded seals, but will eat other prey if they have too, reports Polar Bears International

The Delta IV submarines are strategic nuclear missile submarines, 167m long and can carry up to 18 missiles or torpedoes, reports Naval Technology.   

In October 2018 polar bears were filmed chasing terrified residents down the streets in the remote Russian town, Dikson.

It is thought that the animals came to the town to find food and police were not allowed by law to shoot to kill unless a predator attacks a human, directly endangering life. 


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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Reginald Fischer · 7 months ago
    Beautiful and curious animal!
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    Charles g Hawley · 7 months ago
    Nice to see a human interest story instead of bad news all the time. My first story I read today.