December 16th, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS
(a blog tirelessly dedicated to the documentation of adorable baby animals) we learn that Shedd Aquarium recently celebrating the one year birthday of their baby Beluga calf, Nunavik. This 'little' guy weighs in at 450 lbs and is healthy, despite some initial issues upon his birth.
Photo Copyright - Shedd Aquarium
To see more photos of Nunavik, you can find Shedd Aquarium online at their website
, on facebook
, and youtube
They've also shared this video of Nunavik's birth - it's a touch graphic but fascinating to watch!
December 15th, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in Current Trips, Webinar
The bowhead highway...one highway you won't mind being stuck on.
Imagine seeing the largest whales of the Arctic Ocean, breaching, spyhopping, and finning (waving their fins while on their side) - from within meters away. Add in herds of walrus, surrounded by lands steeped in Inuit history and culture - all within arms reach...literally.
Join Arctic Kingdom expedition director Thomas Lennartz for a virtual tour of one of the best locations to view bowhead whales as they wait for the floe edge near Igloolik/Hall Beach to break up. In addition there will be at times hundreds of walrus floating on pans of ice.
On this webinar:
LEARN of the beauty of the Foxe Basin region on the Melville Peninsula and the value of high-end expedition travel in extremely small group; land-based trips with an expert team AK expedition leaders in close partnership with Inuit guides
DISCOVER - how and why this region is excellent to get you up close to these giants of the Arctic and give you unparalled photographic opportunities
GET A SENSE - of the daily activities while on this trip, from daily boat excursions, to photography opportunities, hiking and kayaking
For related trip details visit:
Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of the Foxe Basin
December 13th, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS
The editors at National Geographic
voted this purple little octopus one of the 'Ten Weirdest New Animals'
of 2010. It's one of 11 potential new species discovered off Canada's Atlantic coast by researchers doing deep-sea exploration. You can check out the researcher's blog here
, and view more great photos of recent deep sea discoveries from the same area on National Geographic's website.
I personally find this cute octopus way less weird than some of their other choices, which include a very odd looking bat and a shudder-worthy three-inch long leech.
December 12th, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in AK NEWS, AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Upcoming Trip
Don't forget to register
to participate in our free upcoming webinar on December 15,
Thomas will be discussing our Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of the Foxe Basin adventure.
This trip is incredible! You'll see the largest whales of the Arctic Ocean in their natural habitat, breaching, finning - from within a distance of mere meters. Also, herds of walrus, the chance to experience Inuit history and culture, all under the guidance of our knowledgeable and experienced team. Ask your questions during the webinar, or email them ahead of time to [email protected] We look forward to talking to you!
December 10th, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Gear
Once more 'tis the season of stalking crowded streets (and exploring far corners of the internet) in search of that perfect gift for family and friends. It's also a great time to consider supporting non-profit groups working towards causes we feel passionately about, such as animal conservation.
One such group, Polar Bears International
offers an 'adopt a polar bear'
project. With four different levels of support starting at just $25, this is both an affordable and meaningful gift. You can also become a member
of their organization for $50, or make a contribution at any time during the year - now's a great time as donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar through Dec.
Other non-profit groups you may consider supporting are The Polar Conservation Organization, The Nature Conservatory
, the World Wildlife Fund
, and Defenders of Wildlife
. Some of these organizations also offer all kinds of animal 'adoptions' from belugas to snow leopards.
If you prefer a physical gift, but would like to stay away from the larger stores, you could consider looking into Etsy
. Etsy's an online marketplace specializing in hand-made crafts, jewelery, art, and clothing as well as vintage items. I recommend focusing a targeted search for what you're looking for - otherwise you risk looking up from the computer and realizing you've lost hours window shopping through countless stores filled with possibly gifts, ornaments shaped like polar bears
and beluga whales
, narwhal necklaces
, and illustrated prints of narwhal knitting a sock
(a new kind of animal behavior?) as well as shirts
featuring our favorite types of whales. Not to mention adorable hand-made bear hats
Arctic Kingdom also maintains our own store online, featuring some very useful items. We have brand new 2011 Canada Goose outerwear
arriving weekly, very ideal for winter adventures of all kinds. I also can't recommend more highly the book Face to Face, Arctic Portraits,
bringing together pioneering polar photographic images and modern portraiture in a beautiful art coffee table book. It's a terrific gift for anyone interested in the history of polar exploration and photographic documentary work.
December 3rd, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in Community News, IN THE NEWS, INUIT, Inuit Culture/Art
Nunatsiaq online reports
on a new show at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
in Montreal. Women of the Arctic
is the first in a planned series of exhibitions and events to highlight works by Inuit artists from Nunavik and Nunavut.
The show opened Nov 19 to an audience eager to view the work and enjoy a throat-singing performance by Evie Mark and Taqralik Partridge.
The show consists of works on paper in a range of techniques including painting, drawing, and printmaking.
Some of the oldest prints exhibited at La Centrale gallery are those of the late Leah Nuvalinga Qumaluk, the well-known Puvirnituq printmaker, who passed away last August.
Her work has been shown in New York, Paris and in a number of Canadian collections.
Qumaluk created hundreds of prints since the early 1970s, including the eight exhibited.
Her narrative stone prints employ only a few colours but often many characters, like the 1972 “Morse surprenant les chasseurs” (walrus surprising the hunters) which shows a walrus emerge between two kayakers, with a flock of geese overhead.
In another, “Attente de retour des traineaux,” 1978 (waiting for the sleds to return) a group of four, hooded women’s faces seem to peer out of a blizzard.
The show is up until December 19 at Montreal’s La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse at 4296 St. Laurent Boulevard. If you're in the area, take a moment to stop by and us know how it looks.
December 2nd, 2010 | By Jason Hillier | Filed in AK NEWS, AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, IN THE NEWS
Writer Sarah Rose
reports for Travel and Leisure
that Baffin Island is one of North America's best whale watching spots
. We couldn't agree more!
Bowhead Whale Watching
If you're interested in whale watching, consider participating in our December 8 webinar,
covering bowheads, walrus, and polar bears of Foxe Basin, or the January 12 webinar
. Thomas will be discussing Bowhead whales, polar bears, and the glaciers of Baffin Island. A full list of our webinar schedule is here
Sarah's also compiled a list of ten daring adventures
, and suggests booking your extended polar exploration with us. Thanks Sarah, I've now had to add white water rafting in Nepal to my 'to do' list!