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Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Day in Photos

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures throughout the month.

The expedition continues on and, for the team, it’s business as usual. The crew arrives at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, one of 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land archipelago. Team members Forrest and Paul (pictured) hike to the glacier to prepare for a longer transect. Meanwhile, the first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Walruses, known to be aggressive at times, have maintained civility and even permit their pictures to be taken by the expedition photographers! (Read more about Franz Josef Land’s charismatic walruses)

As soon as we arrive at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, Forrest (right) and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare a transect.  Shortly after we head back to the boat, the first snow showers begin. Photo by Lucie McNeil.
As soon as we arrive at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, Forrest (right) and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare a transect. Shortly after we head back to the boat, the first snow showers begin. (Photo by Lucie McNeil)
The first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora's lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Photos by Lucie McNeil.
The first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. (Photo by Lucie McNeil)
Camera ready! (Photo by Lucie McNeil)

NEXT: Read All Franz Josef Land 2013 Blog Posts

 

The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water.

Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.
  • Ojumu Emmanuel

    God has created all things for our pleasure

  • Lisa Speer

    I am just wowed by the photos. Franz Josef Land is stunning, and the marine life amazing. Are the waters you are exploring protected? What are some of the threats facing them? Looking forward to learning more about this Arctic jewel.

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