To celebrate International Polar Bear Day, Google has released a new set of Street View photos documenting the majestic creatures in Churchill, Manitoba – otherwise known as the ‘polar bear capital of the world‘.
Google fitted its Street View Trekker, a colorful contraption that captures 360-degree images, to a specialized vehicle called the ‘Tundra Buggy’ and then journeyed across the coastal town to capture what is considered to be one of the largest polar bear populations on the planet.
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With support from Frontiers North and Polar Bears International, Google spent October and November last year travelling across this beautiful corner of Canada’s tundra, recording panoramic photos of the polar bears as they hunted for food and waited for the ocean to freeze over once more.
Google has also released a mini-documentary video (below) on YouTube to give some further insight into the project and the challenges that Polar Bears are facing in the region due to climate change.
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