Arctic Fox Tracked On A Massive Polar Trek From Norway To Canadian Arctic

New research published by scientists with the Norwegian Polar Institute describes a remarkable journey by the young fox, which left from Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago on March 26, 2018, and arrived at Ellesmere Island in Nunavut on June 10th that year, with a brief stop in Greenland along the way. That’s a 76-day odyssey across the Arctic sea-ice, some 1,789 km as the crow flies, but a total distance of 3,506 km.

On average, the intrepid fox covered 46.3 km (Four kilometres more than a standard marathon), but travelled 155 km in a single day at the maximum. The crossing was so epic that, at first, the researchers couldn’t actually imagine it was happening.

The solitary fox has a provided wealth of information into understanding how the Arctic mammals behave and migrate. For one thing, it’s the first documented crossing from Norway to Canada, and the 155 km maximum distance marked the fastest on record for the species. The researchers say the fox likely settled on Ellesmere Island, at least as far as they know: The tracker attached to the fox gave out in February this year.

Photo Credit Photo: Elise Strømseng. Story source: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/

 

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