Scientists have captured photographic evidence of polar bears catching and eating white-beaked dolphins. This never-before-documented occurrence is considered to be a possible repercussion of climate change, specifically in that the dolphins are thought by scientists to have strayed too far north and become stranded in the ice.
The theory is posited in a study by Jon Aars of the Norwegian Polar Institute, which was recently published in the June 1, 2015 volume of science journal Polar Research. Aars and team initially recorded the phenomenon on April 23, 2014 in Svalbard, Norway. A quote from the study reads as follows:
“White-beaked dolphins are frequent visitors to Svalbard waters in summer, but have not previously been reported this far north in early spring. We suggest they were trapped in the ice after strong northerly winds the days before, and possibly killed when forced to surface for air at a small opening in the ice.”
Read more from their research and see additional photographs and graphics here.