first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A one-year-old Arctic fox has left scientists “speechless” after it made an epic journey from Norway to Canada, covering 2,176 miles in a record-breaking 76 days.The female fox made the journey from Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, located between mainland Norway and the North Pole, to Ellesmere Island, Canada, according to research published in the journal Polar Research.Published this morning: “Arctic fox dispersal from Svalbard to Canada: one female’s long run across sea ice” This is the first satellite tracking of natal dispersal by an Arctic fox between continents. Authors: Eva Fuglei and Arnaud Tarroux— Polar Research (@PolarResearch) June 25, 2019Scientists from Norway’s Polar Institute, which fitted the Arctic fox with a satellite transmitter in 2017, said it undertook one of the longest dispersal events — a movement from the birth place to a potential breeding location — ever recorded for the species, CNN reported.The fox started her journey in March 2018, at just under a year old. She walked nearly 1,000 miles from the archipelago near the North Pole to Greenland. She completed this leg in just 21 days, then began the second part of her trek.The fox then walked about 1,242 miles farther to Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The whole trek took her just 76 days, averaging about 28.4 miles a day. Amazingly, it covered 96.3 miles in just one day as it crossed the Greenland ice sheet.The Arctic fox used sea ice to travel from Norway to Greenland to Canada. (Photo Credit: Regis Vincent / Getty Images)Scientists said this is the fastest rate recorded for this species, 1.4 times faster than the previous known record held by an adult male Arctic fox that was tracked in Alaska.Researcher Eva Fuglei said the team couldn’t believe what they were seeing as they tracked the fox, which may have initially left Norway because of a scarcity of food.“We couldn’t believe our eyes at first,” Fuglei told Norway’s NRK public broadcaster. “We thought perhaps it was dead, or had been carried there on a boat, but there were no boats in the area. We were quite thunderstruck.”Fjellreven vandret via havisen fra #Svalbard i Europa til #Canada i Nord-Amerika i et tempo ingen forskere tidligere har dokumentert. Foto: Elise Stømseng Les mer:— Norsk Polarinstitutt (@NorskPolar) June 26, 2019Fuglei’s team has been tracking how foxes cope with the dramatic changes of the Arctic seasons.By crossing extensive stretches of sea and ice glacier during her journey, the fox highlighted “the exceptional movement capacity of this small-sized carnivore species,” the report said.Researchers believe the fox curled up in the snow to sit out bad weather, and may have sped up as it crossed the ice sheet due to limited foraging opportunities.The Arctic fox is an incredibly hardy animal that can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees F. (Photo Credit: micheldenijs / Getty Images)The ambitious fox cold have traveled even farther, but its current whereabouts is unknown as the transmitter stopped working on February 6, 2019.According to National Geographic, the Arctic fox is an incredibly hardy animal that can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees F in the treeless lands where it makes its home.The average Arctic fox lives to be three to six years old in the wild. They eat practically any animal — alive or dead — but rely on populations of rodents, especially lemmings, voles, and other small mammals. They will also eat birds, insects, eggs, berries, reptiles, and amphibians.More on Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever — And It Was Wearing a BackpackStrange ‘Cat-Fox’ Found in French Island Could Be New SpeciesPhotographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild Videolast_img

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