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Arctic Expedition-Bowhead Whales and Polar Bears

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#1 yahsemtough

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:17 AM

On route back from the arctic after an amazing trip. Day after day amazing encounters with Polar bears and Bowhead whales combined with stunning scenery in the National Park in the the Canadian arctic. Snorkeled with about 20 Bowhead whales, some which have been dated to 200 years old. We were within 10 meters of Polar bears on the boat. Last remaining portion of the ice age Penny ice cap and Coronation Glacier. Now time to start editing.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:03 AM

Sounds like a mother-load. Really excited to see the results. Alex

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

A picture of me with one of the Bowhead whales. Amazing size as this is just the tip of the whales nose and they can weigh between 75 and 100 tonnes. Apparently the second largest whale only to the Blue whale.http://www.flickr.co...tream/lightbox/
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

I was running the GoPro camera on top of my housing when in the water and captured this Bowhead encounter in the arctic this week. Momentarily I was not sure what to do as the 75 tonne whale was heading right towards me. Then instincts kicked in and I got some images. You can hear my camera. Sorry, I am not an experienced video guy but you get the idea.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:31 PM

great stuff Todd, 200 year old? i had no idea whales lived that long.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:42 AM

Apparently they have been able to date harpoons found in the whales and some date back that far. I was stunned to hear.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:42 AM

absolutely mind-blowing video and photo - looking forward to see more from this amazing trip ! Cheers.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:44 PM

Amazing! I hope you post more shots from this expedition! Sounds incredible!