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02 July 2019 08:30
 

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Fantastic arctic fox: animal walks 3,500km from Norway to Canada
Epic journey by female fox includes fastest movement rate for species ever recorded
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/02/fantastic-arctic-fox-animal-walks-3500km-from-norway-to-canada

An arctic fox has walked more than 3,500km (2,000 miles) from Norway to Canada in just 76 days, astonishing researchers at the Norwegian Polar Institute.

The animal, known as a coastal or blue fox, was fitted with a tracking device in July 2017. It left Spitsbergen in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago on 26 March 2018. After 21 days and 1,512 km out on the sea ice, it landed in Greenland on 16 April 2018. Its journey continued to Ellesmere Island in Canada, where it arrived on 1 July.
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The collar transmitted data each day for a three-hour period. Moving across sea ice and glaciers, the fox moved at an average of 46.3km per day and on one day travelled a whopping 155km, when it was on the ice sheet in northern Greenland.
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“This is, to our knowledge, the fastest movement rate ever recorded for this species,” Fuglei said in the paper.


What an incredible little animal.  This story is known because she was wearing a tracking collar – there’s no telling how many such journeys have been made.

 

 
 
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For the last few years a bear has been doing a swimming tour of the San Juan islands in Washington state. He just finished another tour a few weeks back. Each leg of his journey involves a swim of somewhere between 1/2 a mile up to maybe 5 miles. The currents can be quite strong, and the water is cold. He goes from island to island, spending a day or two on each island, presumably looking for a mate.

 
 
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icehorse - 02 July 2019 05:06 PM

For the last few years a bear has been doing a swimming tour of the San Juan islands in Washington state. He just finished another tour a few weeks back. Each leg of his journey involves a swim of somewhere between 1/2 a mile up to maybe 5 miles. The currents can be quite strong, and the water is cold. He goes from island to island, spending a day or two on each island, presumably looking for a mate.

Is this an area in which there are usually no bears, so that he’s looking in vain for a mate?

 

 
 
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Jan_CAN - 02 July 2019 05:36 PM
icehorse - 02 July 2019 05:06 PM

For the last few years a bear has been doing a swimming tour of the San Juan islands in Washington state. He just finished another tour a few weeks back. Each leg of his journey involves a swim of somewhere between 1/2 a mile up to maybe 5 miles. The currents can be quite strong, and the water is cold. He goes from island to island, spending a day or two on each island, presumably looking for a mate.

Is this an area in which there are usually no bears, so that he’s looking in vain for a mate?

I think that thee used to be bears on the islands, but long before this bear was born. I think the common speculation around here is that it’s hard for this guy to find a territory to call his own, so his explorations are motivated by the need for a territory he can call his own.

 
 
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icehorse - 03 July 2019 10:37 AM
Jan_CAN - 02 July 2019 05:36 PM
icehorse - 02 July 2019 05:06 PM

For the last few years a bear has been doing a swimming tour of the San Juan islands in Washington state. He just finished another tour a few weeks back. Each leg of his journey involves a swim of somewhere between 1/2 a mile up to maybe 5 miles. The currents can be quite strong, and the water is cold. He goes from island to island, spending a day or two on each island, presumably looking for a mate.

Is this an area in which there are usually no bears, so that he’s looking in vain for a mate?

I think that thee used to be bears on the islands, but long before this bear was born. I think the common speculation around here is that it’s hard for this guy to find a territory to call his own, so his explorations are motivated by the need for a territory he can call his own.

Rather sad for this poor fella.  You gotta admire his determination though.

 
 
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Jan_CAN - 03 July 2019 10:56 AM
icehorse - 03 July 2019 10:37 AM
Jan_CAN - 02 July 2019 05:36 PM
icehorse - 02 July 2019 05:06 PM

For the last few years a bear has been doing a swimming tour of the San Juan islands in Washington state. He just finished another tour a few weeks back. Each leg of his journey involves a swim of somewhere between 1/2 a mile up to maybe 5 miles. The currents can be quite strong, and the water is cold. He goes from island to island, spending a day or two on each island, presumably looking for a mate.

Is this an area in which there are usually no bears, so that he’s looking in vain for a mate?

I think that thee used to be bears on the islands, but long before this bear was born. I think the common speculation around here is that it’s hard for this guy to find a territory to call his own, so his explorations are motivated by the need for a territory he can call his own.

Rather sad for this poor fella.  You gotta admire his determination though.

Agreed on all counts.

And also, that fox story (the OP), is truly amazing!