He what’s more, his kind are fearsome creatures. The biggest land-based carnivores on our planet, the guys can stand as high as 10ft what’s more, weigh up to 1,400lb. With razor-sharp teeth what’s more, claws, what’s more, jaws which pound with ease the skulls of the seals they prey on, they are at the top of the nourishment chain what’s more, require fear no other animals. Be that as it may at the point when it comes to enticing the inverse sex, they have it far from easy.
Every spring sees these savage monsters fighting each other for the consideration of flighty females. What’s more, their titanic conflicts are just part of a romance custom that can last for weeks what’s more, takes off them exhausted what’s more, some of the time lethally harmed in their committed interest of a mate.
Life in the roar: An intruder (left) tries to muscle in on a extensive male
Few people have ever seen the affections what’s more, show involved. Yet now, for the to start with time, it has been shot in its whole for the BBCs new Solidified Planet series, displayed by Sir David Attenborough.
As the official maker of these documentaries, I know that gatherings of people will be as captivated as we on the generation group were at the point when we to start with saw this amazing footage.
To catch these extremely private moments, we set up a base in Svalbard, an archipelago of islands halfway between Norway what’s more, the North Post what’s more, home to a few 3,000 polar bears. (This was the zone where the English schoolboy Horatio Chapple lamentably lost his life in Regal after being assaulted in his tent by a bear.)
One of our cameras was mounted in a helicopter what’s more, prepared with a extraordinary lens, which gave us unfathomably point by point close-ups without irritating the natural life below. Another group was down on the ice, riding a snowmobile on which they could escape on the off chance that sought after by the bears, who can run shockingly rapidly at speeds of up to 25mph.
Grudge match: The male (left) battles off a new challenger
The to start with program in the arrangement appears the change in the polar scene as Walk arrives what’s more, the sun starts to light up the Arctics frigid squanders for the to begin with time in six months.
The polar bears have spent the long dull winter alone, singular outlines meandering over the agony of the ocean ice in 100mph winds what’s more, temperatures of short 70 centigrade.
They rarely, in the event that ever, experience others of their possess species, yet that all changes as the sun tinges the scene with an exhibit of shocking pinks what’s more, oranges, a otherworldly background for the begin of their mating season.
Competition for mates is intense. It takes nearly three a long time for polar bear moms to wean their cubs, so each spring as it were around a third of them will be free of child-rearing obligations what’s more, open to breeding.
Battered be that as it may unbowed: The undefeated male leaves with his unflinching mate
It appears that those who are accessible are Or maybe free with their favours. Polar bear litters normal two or, on the other hand three cubs, what’s more, later examine recommends that they can have extraordinary fathers since of a delay between impregnation what’s more, the implantation of the embryo.
If a male needs to guarantee that he what’s more, he alone impregnates the female, at that point he will have to fight off other decided lotharios, what’s more, time is against them all.
Finding a female depends in part on a surprising sense of smell, which empowers the bears to identify seals at separations of up to a mile away. This is viable as it were on land, what’s more, the ice on which they travel for so much of the year will before long soften what’s more, wane with the entry of summer.
During the programme, our cameras center on one bear sniffing the tracks of a female who is presently a few ten miles ahead of him. As he takes after her trail, the as it were way to ensure finding her is to put his feet into her monstrous footprints, starting a interest which can regularly last for days.
Splash: A polar bear what’s more, two fledglings prepared to spring into the ice-cold waters
Finally he gets up with his proposed what’s more, they snuggle each other what’s more, roll around together in the snow, like puppies at play. After this magnificently delicate foreplay, she leads him away from the level prairie of ice what’s more, up a mountainside where they can mate in secret by any match guys who might happen along.
Such minutes are uncommon social intervals in something else desolate lives, yet our couple are not alone together for long.
The male has to mate with the female three or, on the other hand four times some time recently her ovulation is activated and, once that happens, her aroma makes other bears indeed more mindful of her presence.
Soon another would-be lover arrives on the scene what’s more, our male has to see him off, threatening him with open jaws as they swipe at each other with their 12in wide paws.
Legend: David Attenborough’s new arrangement catches these customs on camera for the to begin with time
Fortunately for our male, this match is seen off quickly, both of them getting away injury, yet another challenger who turns up two days afterward is far less simple to intimidate.
At to start with surrounding each other warily, like two heavyweight boxers thinking about their to start with punch, the two guys all of a sudden raise up on their rear legs, snorting what’s more, snarling as each tries to startle the other away.
Their hot breath moistening the solidifying air, they toss their forelegs around each other, hooking in a horrendous bear embrace as they endeavor to chomp what’s more, destroy each others necks.
No benevolence is appeared as each tears into the other with a savagery fuelled by the significance of the prize over which they are fighting. As for that prize, she observes from a distance, evidently unconcerned which of the two wins as long as she closes up with a mate. In the end, our legend is triumphant, his rival lurking away in sulky defeat.
On uncommon occasions, these experiences can take off bears with crushed teeth what’s more, broken jaws, which makes it inconceivable for them to survive, be that as it may gratefully our male shows up to be intact, though secured in wicked wounds.
Drama: This single piece of ice would predominate most of mankind’s buildings. It crumpled from Store Icy mass on the west drift of Greenland in July 2010 what’s more, is caught in Solidified Planet
This inspires little sensitivity from the female at the point when he at last returns to her side. Far from being thankful that he has gambled his life for her, she plays hard to get what’s more, he has to charm her all over again.
During the next two weeks, they mate repeatedly, the male decided to guarantee that all his hard work in finding her will pay off in the shape of offspring.
And he proceeds to watch her zealously, trudging dependably nearby her wherever she goes, their strides coordinated in touching synchronicity as he keeps an eye out for other hearty males.
He can never relax. Some time recently their time together is over, he has to battle off another four adversaries, some way or another beating them all yet finishing up totally worn out in the process.
Finally, it is time for our couple to go their independent ways what’s more, he vanishes into a brilliant polar sunset, bloodied what’s more, spent, what’s more, far-fetched ever to see the female again.
She spends the next maybe a couple months murdering what’s more, eating seals, what’s more, building up her fat saves so that she will have the quality to sustain the whelps who will before long be on their way.
Come October, she hollows out a trench in the ice, climbing into it what’s more, permitting snow to float above her to frame a cave for the winter ahead.
Its here, at a few time in December, that she will give birth to her tiny cubs. Conceived hard of hearing what’s more, blind, they will rise from this warm womb of snow as it were at the point when Walk sees the return of spring to the Arctic.
This time around, our female will be one of those as well occupied looking after her youthful to be open to the suitors who will before long be on the sneak again. Be that as it may that will not stop them seeking after her.
If guys come over a mother with cubs, they will regularly murder the young, both to get a protein-rich source of food, what’s more, to bring the mother back into the mating game.
We can as it were trust that things turn out well for our mother-to-be what’s more, her young. As for their father, in the event that he can recuperate from the wounds he managed in siring them he will before long be on the chase for new females, prepared to start once once more the difficult what’s more, risky business that is the cherish life of the polar bear.
Frozen Planet: To The Closes Of The Earth starts on BBC1, Wednesday, at 9pm.