Google Street View's next challenge
Google Street View has taken viewers to the Amazon, the Galapagos, and now, the Canadian Arctic — the home of polar bears.
Taking a rest
For all their cuteness, polar bears face serious threats.
Catching a glimpse
The goal is to capture the remote and starkly beautiful environment, before it disappears, along with its furry inhabitants.
Beginning the journey
The Google Maps team brought their cameras to Churchill and the surrounding tundra.
Ready, set, go
The Google team mounted their trekker camera on a "tundra buggy" vehicle donated by the ecotourism company Frontiers North Adventures.
The tundra buggy
The trekker captured images of bears sparring with each other, bears resting on the snow and sea ice in Hudson Bay, and even a few adorable cubs at play.
A curious creature
The bears tend to be curious, coming up to check out the truck.
A most curious creature, this bear was not too shy to check out the truck, pawing at the equipment.
The Google team set off to capture hundreds of pictures to stitch into panoramas.
So close and yet so far
Curious and cute, yet these bears are facing serious threats.
Home sweet home
The Google team used their trekker camera to catch hundreds of shots of the endangered polar bear which are now available for viewing.