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Polar bear preying on Cetacean accounts
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Damage a female polar bear's jaws can do to a beluga with thick skin (100 times thicker than an average land mammal) and blubber to protect its vital organs.

Quote:Garry Brown in his book Great Bear Almanac (1993) is citing a story from the 1991 book No Room for Bears by Frank Dufresne. The following is the original Dufresne's account:

Nanook fight anything when hungry," declared Pooshuk, and grinned as another example came to mind. Once while hunting bowhead whales in the crumbling June ice with brass harpoon gun, he and his oomiak crew members had seen a polar bear jump on the back of a surfacing whale, go down with it, and come up again still trying to bite a mouthful of blubber off the forty-ton behemoth

Dufresne Bonus: Because they had no choice but to hold their compass course, Jim and his seven Eskimos plodded steadily toward the things barring their way to Point Barrow until they'd narrowed the distance enough to make positive identification. "The dark object was not a seal," stated Trader Jim. "It was the carcass of a huge bowhead whale foundered a quarter mile off the beach line. The white creatures were bears. We counted more than a hundred of them tearing chunks of blubber off the whale. Some were lying around on the ice sleeping off their blubber jags; some were walking along the whale's back; some others had eaten a hole into the belly of the whale big enough so they were walking inside and coming out the whale's mouth." Jim shook his head as if to clarify the scene. "It was the damndest sight you ever saw!"
Account credited to brobear.
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