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In the summer of 2014, Arctic Tern will focus on the ocean waters near Pond Inlet – Milne Inlet, Eclipse Sound, and Lancaster Sound. These waters are known for the richness of their biodiversity, and they are critical for the local communities. This work will support the advancement of the Marine Protected Area in Lancaster Sound and will provide an ecological baseline in advance of proposed activities of the Baffinland Mary River mine.

Our journey to the Arctic will bring together an inspiring international team of scientists, explorers, educators, filmmakers and polar experts. Team members will work together to create positive energy and synergies in a safe, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and versatile platform for education, research and media projects in the Arctic.

This year’s mission kicks off in June 2013. Keep coming bac here for the latest Arctic Tern I progress blogs!

Arctic Tern Blog

  • The Whales of the Admiralty

    In the last few days, we’ve covered a lot of water in Admiralty Inlet.  We headed south from Arctic Bay, along the western shore and all the way to the bottom.  Back north again and finally west inside Moffet and Fleming Inlets. All the while looking for orcas and narwhal – our objective is to...

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  • Following the Orcas!

    Following the orcas… Once we got to Pond Inlet and managed to get our film crew back on board (they come with a lot of gear!), as well as the refueling/groceries done and the boat all ready, we waited to hear from the orcas… In fact, earlier in the month, a scientific team managed to...

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  • A gale by the numbers: 45 knots, 2 1/2 days, hours upon hours of anchor watch

    After our exciting days with orcas and narwhals, the Arctic sent us a reminder of where we are: 40-45 knots wind started to blow 2 days ago, well exactly 60 hours ago! We left the film team in Pond Inlet on the 15th for some work ashore, and Arctic Tern looked for shelter to weather the gale: Guys...

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  • We forgot to tell the whales ..

    So, the first plan was simple. We’d been in Milne Inlet awaiting (and hoping for) the arrival of Orcas that will be the subject of the Wild Canada film-makers aboard Arctic Tern I, but had run short on provisions. So, we decided to spend a quick two days in Pond Inlet for refueling, groceries, repairing, cleaning,...

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  • Narwhal, finally!

    After communicating with all the summer camps in Milne Inlet, scoping from the top of Bruce Head hill, scanning from the drifting boat for several days, we finally found big ponds of narwhals in Tremblay Sound today! What a tough-to-spot animal: you can barely see the spout at the surface, the skin is more or less grey and the...

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