Monday, November 10, 2014
8 Animals Found in the Arctic
The North Pole is often associated with reindeers and Santa’s workshop, but this vast land covered in snow actually has a few other inhabitants. Below are 8 wild animals that treat the cold arctic their home.
This specific species of fox are known for their ability to adapt to the cold of the arctic. During the warmer months, their white coat is a darker, blown color which sheds and turns white when winter comes in. They also have a rounder body shape which helps keep their body heat in.
Also known as the Gurry shark or Grey shark, this shark specimen is one of the very few that actually stay in the Arctic area. Little is known about these animals, mainly because they live in really cold areas and are hard to study. The Inuit treat these animals as sacred.
The Salmon Shark feeds mainly on salmon and is seen in the northern most parts of the pacific and around the Alaskan region. One of the strangest traits that these animals have is that they can maintain body temperature, which is strange amongst fish.
A possible subspecies of the gray wolf that’s found in the Melville Island to Ellesmere Island, these wolves are known for their snow-white fur. They travel in packs of 13 to 15 individuals and feed on everything from hares to polar bear left-overs. Contrary to their mainland counterparts, arctic wolves are less afraid of humans and even approach them.
These animals are the closest you can get to a real unicorn. Although they look like dugongs or seals, these animals are actually a kind of toothed whales and are related to the beluga whale. They have a tusk, which is actually their canine tooth, which can grow to around 4 ft 11 inches to 10 ft 2 inches. They live year-round in the arctic.
Walruses are huge animals that can weigh up to 4,400 lb. Adult specimen are recognized by whiskers,prominent tusks and bulky body features. They’re considered as "keystone species" around the Arctic regions because they have a large effect on the area due to their abundance. Although they may be cute to a look of people, walruses can actually be dangerous.
A member of the oceanic dolphin family, Orcas are actually found all over the world and not just in the cold arctic waters. They’re tagged as apex predators, which mean that they really don’t have any natural predators, making them rule the waters the swim in.