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“I came up off the mat with as strong a fist as I could throw and I punched him as hard as I could right on the nose. It was like hitting a bag of thawed hamburger. It was just this tremendous resounding splat.
“Instantaneously, he just changed ends and vanished.”
"The bear was like an apparition," he said. "There was no beginning of the movement; there was no subtlety. It was 'Vroomp!' [and] he was there.
"The front of my tent is collapsed inward, and his nose is about two feet from my face."
If Werbowy's situation was not already dire enough, he said the polar bear was standing on his firearm, which he had left at the front of his now-collapsed tent.
So Werbowy said he did what an Inuit elder once told him to do: punch the polar bear in the nose.
Later, Werbowy said he was applauded by Inuit elders, who believe the polar bear will never bother another human again.
Enuapik said the advice that saved Werbowy's life is well known to Inuit hunters in Nunavut, which is home to much of Canada's polar bear population.
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I just remember being dragged backwards underwater. I felt along it, I found its eye and I poked it in the eye, and that's when it let go.”