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Baffin Island, Canada and Southwestern Greenland - 2008

In September, 2008, I took a trip to Baffin Island and Greenland. The primary goal of the first half of the trip was finding polar bears. The real treat for the second half were the spectacular icebergs we encountered - particularly near Disko Bay. A tongue of the Greenland Icecap, known as the Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier, flows into Disko Bay. This glacier is the most prolific in the northern hemisphere, flowing at a rate of roughly 100 feet per day (astonishingly quick for a glacier) and its rapid flow rate creates about 20 billion tons of icebergs each year.

In addition to their impressive size, the sunsetting sun created the impression that we were looking at a wall of diamonds on the glistening icebergs.

As if that weren't enough, we had a fun afternoon with some Orca and a farewell sighting of two humpback whales.
Arctic Diamonds
Arctic Diamonds
A Lemming Says Hello
A Lemming Says "Hello"
Zodiacking with Orca
Zodiacking with Orca
Orca
Orca
Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Walrus Spy-Hopping
Walrus Spy-Hopping
Colorful Tundra
Colorful Tundra
Hiking the Tundra
Hiking the Tundra
Iceberg Towers over a Fishing Boat
Iceberg Towers over a Fishing Boat
Iceberg Hidden by Fog
Iceberg Hidden by Fog
The same Iceberg moments later
The same Iceberg moments later
Icebergs
Icebergs
Iceberg Glistens
Iceberg Glistens
Iceberg that Rolled Over
Iceberg that Rolled Over
Iceberg and Tour Boat
Iceberg and Tour Boat
Iceberg and Shadows
Iceberg and Shadows
Glistening Spire
Glistening Spire
Humpback Pectoral Fin
Humpback Pectoral Fin
Two Humpbacks, One Spy-Hopping
Two Humpbacks, One Spy-Hopping
Humpbacks Synchronized Swimming
Humpbacks Synchronized Swimming