Polar Bear Says ‘Hello’ to Arctic Cruise Ship with a Friendly Wave

The Arctic is a place of fresh air and animals living in their natural habitat, but it appears that one polar bear should be living on Broadway.

'Hello! I'm over here!", says Polar Bear and waves at a passing Arctic cruise ship. Photo: Hans Strand/Hansstrand.com

The Arctic is the place where animals living in their natural habitat, but it appears that one polar bear should be living on Broadway.

The animal is known to love the attention it gets from passengers on cruise ships that pass by, as it will come out of its snowy bed to give the crowd a wave.

Swedish photographer Hans Strand was on a cruise ship and was able to catch the fame-hungry bear in a shot.

During a cruise through Svalbard in the Arctic, the 54-year-old snapped the fame-hungry bear as he came out to pose for the excited crowd.

More over, it was the third time lucky for Hans who missed the amazing moment the first two times and had to wait for the bear to take part in a third and final performance.

Hans Strand, from Stockholm, said: “I was on board the ship just taking in the view when I suddenly saw a head pop up from behind the ice about 15 yards away.”

He continued: “Everyone on the ship got really excited and started rushing over to the one side to get a better view.”

“He was yawning as though he’d just woken up but even so he seemed to be enjoying all the attention and walked over to us. He waved twice and everyone was pointing and cheering but I had to change the battery in my camera.”

“I was willing him to wave a third time and then he finally lifted his hand and started again. Thankfully I managed to capture the shot,” he added. He also said: “After that he kept standing up on his back legs and playing up to the camera.”

“He was really enjoying himself and kept us entertained for a good few minutes. I couldn’t believe it, I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Hans Strand was born in 1955 in Marmaverken, Sweden. After nine year career in mechanical engineering he decided to make a dramatic change to devote his life to landscape photography, which had been his long held hobby and great passion.

It is a change he has never regreted. Hans has always felt himself drawn to the untamed and unmanipulated that he finds in Nature. As Hans use to say: “The wilderness is the mother of all living things. It is always honest and never trivial.”

Over the years Hans Strand has had the entire planet as his workplace. Photographing everything from the vast expances of the Arctic, to steaming rainforests and dry deserts.

His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions and published in many international photography magazines. He has also lectured on his photography internationally. He has received several awards for his photography.

The latest are 2008 Winner in Digital Camera Photographer of the Year and 2009 Winner in Natures Best´s Windland Smith Rice Awards.

He has published 3 books with landscape photographs and is now about to finish his latest book “Arctic Impressions, a story on a vanishing world.” [Hans Strand via Metro and Daily Mail (UK)]

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