Bettles pointed to a robe of Arctic hare
skins, the end of which showed in the mouth of a bag.
The Arctic hare
is found in the northern regions of the Arctic Circle, but how heavy does it grow?
She said we might spot an Arctic hare
if we looked closely.
Representing the Western High Arctic Natural Region of Canada, Qausuittuq National Park protects key wildlife habitat and migration routes, including the calving and wintering grounds of the endangered Peary caribou, as well as habitat for muskoxen, arctic wolf, arctic fox, collared lemming and arctic hare
The chance of spotting bears, wolverine, foxes, Arctic hare
and the illusive wolf is not guaranteed - but half the fun is in that heart-stopping moment just before they appear.
Of the species inventoried, 69% are true Arctic mammals, that is, those that are almost entirely confined to the Arctic, including the northern collared lemming, Arctic hare
, Arctic fox, and muskox; endemic marine species, such as the polar bear, walrus, bearded seal, and ringed seal; and those that currently have a wider distribution range that includes the adjacent boreal biome, but which were linked to a tundra refugium during the last glacial age (Reid et al.
Smaller, more elusive mammals include the Arctic hare
, stoat and Arctic fox.
ABOUT THAT BIG, PLEASE Baby wants a fish JOB DONE Elephant seal takes a rest YAWN FREE Posing for wildlife cameras SEALS LYIN' Mum and baby on ice shelf AT THE SEASLIDE Penguins explore an iceberg HAPPY FEAT Dads look after the birth while mum grabs lunch LIFE'S SO HAREY When you're only little N-ICE DAY FOR A WALK Cubs out with their mum BEAK HOUSE Albatross chicks are hard work EAR WE GO Arctic hare
keeps lookout HIT PAWS BUTTON Arctic fox family caught on camera OFF YOU SNOW, SON Emperor dad takes junior for a walk P-P-PERFECT Little Emperor peeks out from under its dad
We were fortunate enough to spot Arctic foxes and the Arctic hare
, neatly camouflaged in the snow.
In that season it can be a genuinely beautiful spot, with plunging fjords and mountain ranges that surge to the horizon and seemingly beyond, where oceans of red arctic willow waver in the wind, and exotic arctic hare
, polar bear, ermine and lemming cavort in seeming harmony as they lend for their existence; a place where a periwinkle yellow sun never sets and w here the colour blue can take on more hues than infinity.
They show variously an Arctic hare
, a reindeer and a wolf and start from pounds 65 each.
Analysis of the samples from soils that formed between 10,000 and 7600 years ago showed the presence of mammoth and horse DNA together with animals typically found in the region today, such as moose and arctic hare