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Thin Ice – 30th June 2009

The flow edge is really thin now.  Each day our landscape changes as huge lumps of sea-ice break out and float east.  The Bowheads are now acting as true Ice whales.  They search the rotting flow edge looking for cracks and pockets that allow them to get further west to the feeding grounds.  They use their massive heads to bash through the thin ice to make breathing holes.

I’ve seen whales breathing blows miles to the west in what looks like solid ice.  We are slowly getting the shots we need for the sequence. So far we have just one underwater shot which is worth keeping- but I am hopeful for more because, if we are careful, they come so close on the flow edge they cover us with snot when they breath.