Blue! (or actually brown)

'Blue' Arctic Fox
‘Blue’ Arctic Fox

In Arctic Foxes there are two different colour morphs: white and blue foxes. In Spitsbergen nearly all animals are of the white variety. This means they are pale brown in summer and pure white in winter. This means they are well adapted both in winter and in summer. Around three procent of the population is a blue fox. These animals, like the on in this image, are dark brown all year round. This means they are camouflaged in summer, but not in winter. Why they are called ‘blue fox’ I don’t know, as I never managed to find any blue in them…

Until this year I had only seen blue foxes twice on Spitsbergen, both times quite far away, too far for good pictures. This year I saw one in Diskobukta, Edgeøya. As I had a little time alone, I managed to follow him for a bit and grab this picture. My first real Blue Fox picture.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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