Fox travels from Norway to Canada in 76 days

“I am thinking the Arctic Sea ice was still intact,” says reader Benjamin Napier.


“Arctic fox astounds scientists by trekking 2,176 miles in 76 days — from Norway to Canada,” headline shouts.

“The young female had been tracked via a GPS device installed by researchers at the Polar Institute in Norway, releasing her into the wild in March 2018, BBC News said.

“Twenty-one days later she had reached Greenland, BBC News said, about 940 miles from her starting point. A mere 76 days after she left Svalbard, the fox was found on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada.”

This works out to nearly 30 miles per day.

Thanks to Benjamin Napier and Paul Mabee for this link

“Ice that covers enough water to traverse that distance?   Seems like that would be tough considering the models telling us there is no ice left,” says Paul.

4 thoughts on “Fox travels from Norway to Canada in 76 days”

  1. trying to get as far from the researchers as she could?
    be interesting to know where her parents were from…race memory as to the direction and place she travelled to.

  2. Being GPS tracked , the breadcrumb trail left by the fox would show the exact path over the ice sheet. No doubt a new path over the surface to Greenland.

  3. Interestingly, most of that was in summer months. So much for an “ice free Arctic”.

  4. That’s easy to figure out. Think of all those flat-topped ice-bergs with an endangered Polar Bear on them floating around. During the summer, they melt so the endangered Polar Bears have to leave the shrinking ice-bergs and move on. Our little Arctic Fox has plenty of flat-topped ice-bergs to choose from. Hop onto one abandoned by its resident Polar Bear, which will be plenty large enough for an Arctic Fox, and float away. With the wind in from the right direction, travel will be swift.
    And it was.

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