Oslo (AFP) – A polar bear shot dead after attacking a German cruise ship worker in the Norwegian Spitsbergen archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
The nameless man in his forties suffered head injuries on the island of Spitsbergen shortly after landing
"The bear was killed by another employee on the boat," police commissioner Ole Jakob Malmo told AFP.  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said it was "self-defense".
"We regret this incident very much," said company spokesman Moritz Krause.
The injured employee was flown by helicopter to the capital, Longyearbyen, to Tromso on the mainland in the evening, Malmo said.
Tromso Hospital told AFP the man's life was not in danger and he was in a stable condition.
Polar Bears have been protected in Norway since 1973 and almost 1,000 counted on Svalbard durin Census 2015
The approximately twice as large archipelago of Belgium is located about 1000 kilometers from the North Pole.
Five deadly polar bear attacks have been recorded on Svalbard in the last 40 years.  Most recently in 2011, when a bear attacked a group of 14 people on a trip organized by a British school association.
A 17-year-old Brit died and four other expedition members were killed before the bear was injured.