Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Arctic fox walks over 4,400km from Norway to Canada

Arctic fox walks over 4,400km from Norway to Canada

The fox then walked about 1,242 miles farther to Canada's Ellesmere Island.

What happened to the animal after it reached Canada is a mystery - the fox's tracker stopped working in February, researchers said.

Fuglei said they initially thought the fox had died or it had been carried to Ellesmere Island on a boat, but there were no boats that travelled through at that time.

Norwegian researchers beget acknowledged they were insecure to be taught that a juvenile fox managed to notorious thousands of miles everywhere in the Arctic in honest a pair of months final 365 days.

The study has bee now recorded as a research paper titled "One female's long run across sea ice".

"We couldn't believe our eyes at first", Eva Fuglei of the Polar Institute told Norway's NRK public broadcaster.

A polar fox is fitted with a satellite tracking collar in Krossfjorden, Svalbard, a Norwegian Arctic archipelago, on July 29, 2017, as part of research conducted by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

While 15-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff's Wimbledon win over Venus Williams was undoubtedly impressive, this one-year-old Arctic fox may have made the most impressive athletic debut of the year, occasionally clocking almost 100 miles a day during its epic intercontinental journey.

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Gauff was a wildcard entry into the Wimbledon main draw, and she was mindful to thank the organisers for giving her this chance. If nothing else, this prevents confusion between Coco and her coach and father, Corey. "It was a great match for her".


"The fox's journey has left scientists speechless, " reported Greenland's Sermitsiaq newspaper. It turned out that the day the animal overcame the order of 46.3 km away. once, when Fox was on the ice sheet in Northern Greenland, it was impressive 155 km is the speed record for the species.

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Nonetheless then, Fuglei acknowledged, they realized there aren't any boats that mosey to this point up into the ice.

But the tagged fox followed by the Norwegian researchers suggest that this species regularly performs long-range migrations. The fox took two major breaks in her journey, which the scientists predict could be due to bad weather, or must have found a source of food in the sea birds.

"This is another example of how important sea ice is to wildlife in the Arctic", said Norway's climate and environment minister, Ola Elvestuen.

The fox's current whereabouts are unknown because the Global Positioning System device stopped transmitting data in February 2019. This is when the arctic fox often moves to other geographical areas to find enough food to survive.

Since this "blue" Arctic fox literally switched from a nonlemming to a lemming ecosystem, the researchers suggested, "Our observation supports evidence of gene flow across Arctic regions, including those seasonally bridged by sea ice".

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