June 12, 2013
the ship continued north along the west coast of Spitsbergen. In
the morning, we rounded the northwestern tip of the Svalbard archipelago
and entered the vast fjord of Woodfjord. On the way, another polar
bear was spotted on a small island. We watched as he proceeded to
swim between multiple small islands.
The ship anchored at the end of a branch off Woodfjord near Monaco
Glacier. We boarded zodiacs and cruised near the towering face of
the glacier and around the calved ice floating in the fjord.
the way out of the fjord, a couple of beluga whales swam near the
dinner, the crew spotted a group of walrus lying on the beach of
a small island. This photo was taken through the telescope on the
bridge. Notice that there is also a polar bear sleeping on the snow
behind the walrus. Neither seemed to care about the other. Polar
bears do not usually attack walrus as they would not win. The walrus
would gouge them with their tusks.
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