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Terrifying moment polar bear leaps onto Russian submarine in search of food; After the crew dumped bags of rubbish into the Arctic, the curious animal checked out the unfamiliar vessel.

Byline: Fred Nathan

This is the terrifying moment a curious polar bear leaps on board a Russian nuclear submarine patrolling the Arctic in search of food.

The man-eating mammal was spotted looking at the unfamiliar vessel close by, before stepping from the ice onto the deck after the crew had decided to dump waste into the freezing ocean.

All 120 sailors on board the sub were ordered to stay below deck for their own safety - but a camera was on hand to snap the 65 stone beast sniffing around.

The 167metre-long Delta IV class sub, able to carry up to 18 deadly missiles, was patrolling the islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen, roughly equidistant from Norway and Russia.

The two nations share a population of 3,000polar bears, whose existence is constantly under threat from litter in the region.

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This is not the first time seamen have attracted interest from polar bears while dumping rubbish in the Arctic, as the animals look for the high-fat foods which sustain their diet - usually feasting on seals.

And experts say the pollution would take hundreds of years to clean up, such is the extent of the damage.

A source from the Royal Navy told theSunday Express: "We stick completely to maritime law and have systems in place to sort, recycle and dispose of rubbish in an environmentally friendly way."

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Polar bears are found in five nations across the Arctic in the U.S. at Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway at Svalbard - with the small island of Spitsbergen the only permanently populated enclave.

Just last October,around 10 polar bears were filmed chasing terrified residents of a small Russian town, Dikson, down the street, after they invaded to find food.

Armed police fired warning shots to scare the huge bears away during the siege - as they are not allowed to shoot to kill unless a victim's life is under direct threat.

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A polar bear jumps onto a Russian Delta IV class nuclear submarine looking for food

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The inquisitive mammal looks on from afar after sailors dumped rubbish into the Arctic

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Polar Bears' existence is under threat from the amount of litter in the Arctic ocean

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 13, 2019
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