Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Stating our agreement with the polar bear before the team sets off…!
I have always had great interest and respect for these magnificent animals and hope to see them on the expedition- in a non-confronted way!
The polar bear is a bear native largely within the Arctic circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, an adult male weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb), while an adult female is about half that size. Hunting for seals make up most of its diet. Since 2008, the polar bear has been classified as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and the hunting of polar bears still remains important in their cultures.
It has been proven that the effects of global warming pose the most significant threat to the polar bear, primarily because the melting of its sea ice habitat reduces its ability to find sufficient food.
In preparing for this expedition we had to gain shotgun experience, so as to protect ourselves in the case of an attack, as starving polar bears pose a significant treat to the expedition.

Husky Dog in Resolute Bay

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