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Svalbard: Arctic wildlife 

Polar bears, bearded seals, harp seals, arctic foxes, arctic terns, fulmars, geese, kittiwakes, puffins, walruses, reindeer etc.

It is really hard to imagine ANYTHING living in such a harsh Arctic environment, but out of the blue there were surprises - like a bearded seal  just lying there sublimely on a piece of ice - with its glorious whiskers and nostrils and giant paws. And what beautiful rich red fur on its head. -a deep rusty red head, not because it was born that way but because it spends so much of the day rummaging the iron rich sea bed for food.


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