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Arctic sailing yacht gets VERY close to a curious polar bear trying to scramble on her boat

A great customer! Arctic sailing yacht gets VERY close to a curious polar bear trying to scramble on her boat

  • A curious polar bear attempted to board a boat in Svalbard in Norway’s Arctic
  • The quick thinking captain patted the beast on the nose and dismissed it
  • Photographer Franco Banfi captured the encounter in stunning images

An Arctic sailor came very close to a curious polar bear while trying to scramble on her boat.

The bear was so fascinated by the boat that he left a walrus carcass that he was eating to investigate the ship.

The captain of the ship sent the bear away by tapping his nose lightly.

The moment was captured by photographer Franco Banfi on Svalbard, who was on board the boat in the Norwegian Arctic at the time.

An Arctic sailor came very close to a curious polar bear while trying to scramble on her boat

An Arctic sailor came very close to a curious polar bear while trying to scramble on her boat

The bear was so fascinated with the boat that he left a walrus carcass that he was eating to examine the ship

The bear was so fascinated with the boat that he left a walrus carcass that he was eating to examine the ship

The bear was so fascinated with the boat that he left a walrus carcass that he was eating to examine the ship

The captain of the ship cheerfully sent the bear on his way by lightly tapping the beast on its nose

The captain of the ship cheerfully sent the bear on his way by lightly tapping the beast on its nose

The captain of the ship cheerfully sent the bear on his way by lightly tapping the beast on its nose

Banfi, from Lugano, Switzerland, said the encounter began with the bear observing the boat from “about 20 meters away.”

At one point, he got close to trying [to] climb on the boat, so the captain had to convince him not to come on board by gently tapping the bear’s nose.

The fantastic photos show the polar bear with its prey and the animal sniffing around the boat.

Those on the ship saw the bear eating a walrus carcass before coming to say hello

Those on the ship saw the bear eating a walrus carcass before coming to say hello

Those on the ship saw the bear eating a walrus carcass before coming to say hello

Passengers came remarkably close to the Big Dipper, who passed by to try to get on the ship

Passengers came remarkably close to the Big Dipper, who passed by to try to get on the ship

Passengers came remarkably close to the Big Dipper, who passed by to try to get on the ship

A close-up of the polar bear, taken from the ship as the curious creature explored

A close-up of the polar bear, taken from the ship as the curious creature explored

A close-up of the polar bear, taken from the ship as the curious creature explored

Banfi said the boat had sailed “around the Svalbard to see the animals that live there,” including walruses, arctic foxes and birds, but they especially loved polar bears.

“Polar bears are very special,” said the 62-year-old father of two. ‘They can be cut, but they can also kill someone when they are hungry.

‘They have a hard time in the Arctic with months of darkness and extremely cold winds.

‘The whole experience was very intense and satisfying – a once in a lifetime experience’.

The bear tried to climb on the ship, but was deterred by the captain. Photographer Franco Banfi said that while the animals are cute, they can also kill people when they're hungry

The bear tried to climb on the ship, but was deterred by the captain. Photographer Franco Banfi said that while the animals are cute, they can also kill people when they're hungry

The bear tried to climb on the ship, but was deterred by the captain. Photographer Franco Banfi said that while the animals are cute, they can also kill people when they’re hungry

Those on the boat were keen to see the wildlife in the area, including and especially polar bears

Those on the boat were keen to see the wildlife in the area, including and especially polar bears

Those on the boat were keen to see the wildlife in the area, including and especially polar bears

The meeting took place in Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic and was a once in a lifetime experience, said photographer Banfi.

The meeting took place in Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic and was a once in a lifetime experience, said photographer Banfi.

The meeting took place in Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic and was a once in a lifetime experience, said photographer Banfi.

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