The return of the Walrus

When we arrived in Vibebukta our plan A was to have a landing in the polar desert  of Nordaustlandet, but when we saw the amount of ice and the Walruses hauling out on ice floes we quickly changed to plan B, which was a zodiac cruise to have a look at the ice and the Walrus. It was great to see this large numbers of females with calfs on the ice. For the cruise this meant that we had to be very careful and keep a good distance so we wouldn’t disturb them. Females with calfs are always a lot more shy as the male counterparts. Male Walrus don’t really have to fear anything, which they know very well, so they usually don’t bother if anything shows up. Young Walruses have a less thick skin and no tusks yet to defend themselves so the females are a lot more protective and will avoid confrontation if possible. Not that we want a confrontation of course, or even to disturb the animals. So during the cruise we had a nice look at these animals at  a distance and enjoyed the ice and scenery around us.

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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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