Two moose were recently found frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska’s unforgiving western coast.
Brad Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of the dead animals with their antlers poking through the ice.
He had taken a friend who recently moved to the village for a walk on Nov. 2 at Covenant Bible Camp, where Webster volunteers as a camp steward.
“That’s when we saw it,” he told the AP on Friday.
It was the end of moose rutting season, and the animals likely were fighting over a female moose, Webster told the AP.
Jeff Erickson, student activities director of Bering Strait School District in Unalakleet, also captured the images when he visited the site several days later with Webster.
Erickson grew up in the area and has hunted for 50 years but has never seen anything like this. “Frozen in time,” he said in an email to the AP.
“It was such a surreal sight — so serene and quiet, but a stark vision of how brutally harsh life can be,” he wrote.