National Geographic : 1986 Mar
FLOURISH of tusks (below) marks the struggle U among several bulls for possession of the dying cow, at center with one flipper above water. Underwater observations of the mysterious behavior by photographer Flip Nicklin revealed that the bulls were trying to mate with the female -behavior that still puzzles scientists. The contest among the bulls continued for several hours after the cow died. Our research camp (left) perches on the ice at Pond Inlet. Our work here was sponsored by the West Coast Whale Research Foundation of Canada. Major funding has come from World Wildlife Fund-Canada, with additional support by the National Geographic Society, the Donner Canadian Foundation, the Polar Continental Shelf Project, and the Vancouver Public Aquarium.