The nearly 300 residents of the city of Kaktovik, located in Alaska’s northern shore, are no strangers to polar bears. While they know to keep their distance from the massive predators, they have spent such a long time living among the local wildlife that they accept polar bear sightings as part of their daily routine.

The Inuit people that live in the city often lead groups of tourists that have traveled from far and wide to see these majestic creatures in action. But one day while out in the water, one of these groups saw something totally unexpected…

The ecosystem of Kaktovik, Alaska, relies heavily on its local polar bear population.

Wild Alaska Travel / Laurent Dick