ARCTIQUE

ARCTIC BAY

BEAR TERRITORY

In the Arctic, the team of "The Explorers" has traveled the icy lands of the Nunavut region in northern Canada to discover its exceptional fauna and flora : With Inuit people, indispensable guides and holders of these secrets land, the team of "the Explorers" was invited on the territory of bears.

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DISCOVERY

The pack ice

In Arctic, at the end of the summer, the polar cold sets in and the pack ice forms at the surface of the ocean. The Explorers team went to discover the unique ecosystem of this pack ice.

BIODIVERSITY

Beluga

The Beluga lives in group all around the arctic circle. It is the only one, with the narwhal to venture so far under the thickness of sea ice. It directs itself through these mazes by emitting rattles that come back in the form of an echo.

LOGISTIC

On the camp

60 kilometers from the Arctic Bay, in the middle of the pack ice, The Explorers team camped adapting to suit hard external conditions.

LOGISTIC

Technical means

To succeed in making the inventory of the planet's splendours, The Explorers uses two tons of equipment and a gyrostabilized helicopter.
In Arctic, it is with wooden sledges pulled by snow scooters that the team joined the camp in the middle of the pack ice, guided by Inuits that know perfectly this territory.

PEOPLE

Inuits

The Inuit people are the first inhabitants of the far northern areas of Canada. For over 3000 years, these nomadic hunters, now sedentary, have adapted in this particular environment.

BIODIVERSITY

Walrus

Walruses live in herd, in shallow waters, where they can easily dive to fish clams.

morse arctic

BIODIVERSITY

Baby Walrus

Every two years, female walruses give birth to one baby with which they have very strong ties. Young walruses stay by their side during 3 to 5 years.

le narval - the explorers

BIODIVERSITY

Narwhal

The narwhals live in close contact with the arctic pack ice. Their horn is actually a tooth that grow only for the males. It can measure up to 3 meters long.

BIODIVERSITY

The Nunavut

In the canadian Arctic, the Nunavut is the largest territory of the country. Its name means « our land » in inuktitut, the inuit’s language. It is covered by ice over 8 months of the year.

BIODIVERSITY

Birds and flora

Each year, more than 60 species of migratory birds come to nest in the arctic islands, in the middle of foams, lichens, grasses and flower plants of the tundra.

BIODIVERSITY

Polar bear, a marine mammal

The polar bear is considered as a marine mammal. Its large webbed feet let him swim up to 8km/hour. He can travel a hundred kilometers in one stretch.

BIODIVERSITY

Polar bear, the biggest predator of the pack ice

It is in the north of Canada that the majority of the white bears are. It is the biggest terrestrial carnivore on the planet and a formidable predator. But it cannot hunt outside of the pack ice.

BIODIVERSITY

The big gathering

At the end of summer, in the Hudson bay, polar bears wait the formation of the sea ice to begin hunting again. Normally a solitary animal, bears meet here in droves.

BIODIVERSITY

Bear and cubs

On the Arctic ice, the female polar bear raises her babies alone. After spending all winter in their dens, the cubs take their first steps in the snow. It's time for them to learn to drive on the ice. Learning, mainly because of games and fights, is done under the close supervision of their mother who watches over her offspring for almost 2 years.

BIODIVERSITY

Seals

Three species of seals live on the arctic pack ice. They spend most of their time in water and swim under the ice. They go back to the surface thanks to holes they dig themselves.

BIODIVERSITY

Under the pack ice

Under the pack ice, there is an incredible biodiversity perfectly adapted to the extreme conditions of the Arctic. The Explorers ventured under the ice to meet this rich ecosystem.

MAKING OF

ARCTIC, A DANGEROUS EXPEDITION IN A "POLAR COLD"... BACK TO THE IMAGES OF OUR CAMP AND MOVES ON THE PACK ICE.