Nfld. & Labrador

Picture perfect! Natuashish photographer captures 3 polar bears and a surprise visitor

Mark Nui finally got his dream shot on Labrador's north coast over the weekend.

For Mark Nui, the photos are juuuust right

This photo is a dream come true for photographer Mark Nui. (Submitted by Mark Nui)

It took a decade of stalking his prey — the perfect shot — but photographer Mark Nui of Natuashish finally brought his catch home.

After scoping out the coast for a month, he was rewarded on a recent snowmobile trip to the islands outside of Natuashish when he spotted three polar bears — a mother and two cubs.

Nui spotted three bears but no sign of Goldilocks. (Submitted by Mark Nui)

"My heart was racing, with excitement so I went up there immediately and had my camera out, hoping I wouldn't drop it from being overly excited," he said. He approached the largest bear and used a 300-millimetre lens from about 200 feet away, he says.

"It didn't appear to be afraid of me at all, and of course, it wouldn't."

Nui captured this photo off the coast near Natuashish. (Submitted by Mark Nui)

Nui has been photographing for more than 15 years, and has spotted tracks many times, but this bear sighting was a first.

From photo famine to feast

It wasn't just polar bears out on the ice that day, he learned, when he saw another creature, one he said is rare for Labrador.

"I spotted something black on the edge of the ice, and it was a walrus," Nui said.

What a surprise! A walrus showed up on the shore near Natuashish. (Submitted by Mark Nui)

At first glance, Nui thought the walrus was dead, as it wasn't moving.

"I yelled at it, and suddenly it moved, and startled me," Nui said.

The surprise marine mammal posed for photos between naps, according to Nui.

"This is my first time seeing a walrus and I have no way of measuring how big it is. To me it was huge; if you compared it to a big seal it's probably five times bigger than that," Nui said

We like naps too, walrus. (Submitted by Mark Nui)

Nui's next challenge for himself is to photograph a bald eagle.

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