Day 7: Sunneshine Fiord

 
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Sunneshine Fiord: Exploring and learning

Lying just below the Arctic Circle, Sunneshine Fiord was filled with tall steep mountains and teamed with marine and wildlife.  The expedition team made a landing at a local beach and went exploring.

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Sunneshine Fiord: A full view

With its crystal blue water and magnificent landscapes, Sunneshine Fiord was truly a natural wonder to experience.

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Sunneshine Fiord: View from the water

Scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature took students on an exploratory mission of the surrounding islands.  After the Zodiacs had landed on the beach, Jennifer Doubt explored local plants, David Gray went beachcombing for animal life, Paul Hamilton waded in water searching for microscopic life and Kieran Shepherd went prospecting for fossils.

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Day 7: Sunneshine Fiord

 
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Bird sightings

High bluffs like the ones on these islands provide habitat for many bird species, including the Thick-billed Murre, which uses high peaks for breeding.

Three birds at the side of a mountain.
 

Exploring microscopic life

Little inlets were the perfect place to find new and exciting microscopic species.

An inlet full of water and sand.
 

Bowhead whales

Bays like this one were perfect places to spot bowhead whales and other species. They provided some protection from the weather and predators.

A bowhead whale's tail in a lake.
 

High security

This was polar bear country. It was incredibly important to set up a security perimeter high up on the hills and along the coast to ensure the protection of the expedition team.

A man standing on a mountain looking at water.
 

Polar bear security

Polar bear security was tight. Along the entire perimeter of these hills, security was in place to guard the team.

A man talking into a walkie-talkie.
 

Tufted fen-moss

Tufted fen-moss is circumpolar in distribution. This moss is found in Europe and Asia, especially in Siberia.

Tufted fen-moss and soil.
 

Glaciers

Glaciers like these can be seen across Sunneshine Fiord. With climate change, the glaciers are quickly receding, causing concern amongst scientists about the impacts this will have on the ecology of the area.

Large mountains in the distance.
 

Polar bears

This was the perfect habitat for polar bears. These bears tend to frequent places where the sea ice meets the land. This provides them with areas to hunt and breed.

Two polar bears standing on rocks.