A yearling Polar bear cub digs into a piece of Muktuk - Whale skin with blubber attached. In the background is the "Bone Pile". Native Alaskans - Inupiats, are allowed to catch 1-3 whales per year which feeds the entire village of Kaktovik. The scraps are placed on a piece of land called a spit that separates the lagoon from the Beaufort Sea. An estimated 500-600 photographers come to Kaktovik to photograph the polar bears each year.
Yearling polar bear at the bone pile. The Inupiat Alaskans caught 3 Bowhead whales in 2017. The whales are part of the Inupiat culture. After butchering the whales and dividing the catch with the town people, the scraps are placed at the bone pile. Polar bears come from 100's of miles each year to feast at the bone pile.