A dead polar bear was found on the shore of northeastern Newfoundland yesterday but the cause of death has not yet been determined.
From the local Telegram (5 June 2017):
“[Ann] Peddle of Bristol’s Hope was out for her morning walk when she came across the carcass of a polar bear that had washed ashore. The carcass had drifted between the rocks near the wharf in Bristol’s Hope, according to Peddle.
Peddle took some quick photos of the bear to post to social media before contacting the wildlife department at around 8:30 a.m.”
Ann Peddle took the photo below, which was printed with the above story:
See the map below for the location of Bristol’s Hope in NE Newfoundland, along the west shore of Conception Bay (see map at end of post for the names of the bays):
Was this a death by drowning or some other, more likely cause?
Posted in Life History, Sea ice habitat
Tagged ashore, Bristol's Hope, Conception Bay, death, drowning, injury, Newfoundland, polar bear, sea ice, starvation, swimming, walking
The media promote this ‘polar bear who died of climate change’ rubbish because it’s good for business but there is no evidence to support it. The Daily Mail today is running a piece that encourages the self-serving, sensationalist claim made by a photographer trying to sell his book.
Read the whole thing here but remember this: the leading cause of death for all polar bears is starvation, in part because they have no natural enemies. Polar bears die of starvation every year, with or without ‘climate change.’
This bear might have died of starvation but that does not mean global warming is to blame. It’s bad enough when it’s a leading polar bear biologist making such a ridiculous claim but there is no reason at all to take the scientifically baseless word of Sebastian Copeland on this matter.
Previous posts where I have addressed similar claims:
Last year’s dead Svalbard polar bear used for this year’s propaganda
Polar bear behaviour gets the animal tragedy porn treatment – two new papers
Cannibalism in polar bears: spin and misrepresentation of fact galore posted
Ian Stirling’s howler update: contradicted by scientific data