Queen of the Deep Blue Sea

Photograph by

Lise Ulrich (UK)

About this image

As the world's most dangerous predator, the polar bear is not often associated with great elegance. Underwater however, this female bear, Noël, pirouettes gracefully to the surface after having caught a fish between her teeth, with an almost serene look on her face. There is much beauty to this magnificent beast but, as the bears' natural habitats in the wild are increasingly threatened, securing a future for the likes of Noël and her kin are in the hands of mankind.