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  • At this time of year, polar bears, on average, succeed only once in 20 hunts.

  • If the hunter is skinny, like this one, that may not be often enough.

  • All she can do is keep trying.

  • To prevent her scent betraying her, she makes a wide sweep to get downwind of the seal.

  • Getting close.

  • She's now right behind the seal.

  • Incredibly, she caught the seal underwater.

  • It's only small, but even so, its blubber alone will contain 100,000 calories, enough to sustain this bear for a week.

  • And, in that time, she might even catch another.

  • But this can't go on forever.

  • As summer continues, temperatures are rising.

  • Each hunt requires more energy, draining the bears of their reserves.

At this time of year, polar bears, on average, succeed only once in 20 hunts.

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