Animals & Mammals of the NW Passage (1)

It is one of those nights, you know when you can not really be bothered do anything. Cold and wet outside, warm and cosy in. I am in the mood for warm and cosy, been doing some researching of the various animals of the NW passage and thought it might be an idea to share them threw a couple of posts, so here goes well for as long as I intend to stay in this room, wifi reception better here but the room is not as warm and cosy as the main room with its log fire, so no promises this post will be long.:)

Lovely picture of a Polar bear Mother and her Cub

Polar Bear –Ursus maritimus. the first animal anyone would come up with when asked what you found find in the Arctic. These an unpredictable, solitary animals that are only found in the Arctic ( which by the way means Bear, Antarctic means opposite of Arctic). They hunt seals and certainly not as cuddly as the media makes them out to be but make no mistake Polar Bears are under threat. The warming of the seas and loss of sea ice will drastically reduce their habitat and hunting potential. There is a fantastic site on polar Bears with all the information you could want, it corrects the myths that have grown up around these creatures and actively shows how you can get involved personally or as a community to help save their environment.

A Muskox -magnificent Bison of the NW Passage

Muskox – Ovibos moschatus. These animals have inhabited the Arctic tundra for thousands of years. Well adapted to the freezing temperatures. They wander grazing as they go, in winter using their hooves to get to the roots mosses and lichen buried beneath the snow. In summer their diet is supplemented by arctic flowers and grasses. Travelling in herds they use their numbers to circle and protect against most predators. Except humans of course – we very nearly decimated these magnificent animals before legislation was made to protect them. Now protected they have reservations to roam safely in the Arctic, Norway and Siberia