"Polar Obsession" by Paul Nicklen.

I present a selection of the best photographs of the wonderful book "Polar Obsession"
by photographer Paul Nicklen.

These pictures are the culmination of 15 years of work photographing wildlife
in the Arctic and Antarctica.

The book celebrates the ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctic and discusses the urgent need to halt global warming, which threatens its existence.

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A polar bear leaps between ice floes young.
Barents Sea, Svalbard, Norway.

A seagull flies in front of a huge iceberg. Svalbard, Norway.

Spring in the Arctic and melting.

A group of narwhals chasing a school of Arctic cod, in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada.

A baby penguin attentive to the arrival of their main predator:
leopard seals in Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula.

A leopard seal than 500 kilograms, the top predator of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica.

A walrus returns to shore after a long dive for seafood in Svalbard, Norway.

A polar bear and her cria adrift on an ice floe in the Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada.

A beautiful animal, with an uncertain future, in Leif Fjorden, Spitsbergen, Norway.

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Young chinstrap penguins walk on an iceberg near Anvers Island, Antarctica.

Gentoo penguins make a first contact with the Antarctic seawater.

They have good reason to be wary of predators that lurk.

The penguins are important in the diet of leopard seals.

Narwhals in spring

During the spring the ice begins to melt and narwhals are pushing the cracks as they move.

The annual migration also brings within the scope of human hunters.

Gaviota blanca, Hornsund

A white seagull, a fjord in Spitsbergen, the largest island of Svalbard.

Glacial ice covers more than half the area of ​​the archipelago, which is 400 miles (640 kilometers) north of mainland Norway.

Walrus, Svalbard

Both male and female walruses have tusks, canine teeth that actually use to help them leave the ice and also to break the ice and to breathe underwater.

Sea Elephant cub, South Georgia

An elephant seal pup plays in a freshwater stream in South Georgia, a place in the remote British South Atlantic.

Hundreds of thousands of southern elephant seals come to the island each summer to breed and raise their children.

Elephant Seals, St. Andrews Bay

During the breeding season, the beaches of South Georgia become bloody battlefields of elephant seals.

Males can grow up to 6 meters long and stepping up to 4,000 kg

King Penguins, Gold Harbour

King penguins in the surf zone of Puerto de Oro in South Georgia.

The penguin population of the island has soared in recent years.

In 1925, there were only 1,100 penguins.

The figure has increased 300 times since then.

Polar bears, Svalbard

Young male polar bears fighting in the light of winter in Svalbard, a group of islands halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

Leopard seal, Anvers Island

Fun and powerful fins, a leopard seal anything near Anvers Island, Antarctica.

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