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Episode 1 of 8

Duration: 28 minutes

Steve Backshall's global journey begins at the top of the world when he boards an Arctic icebreaker and goes in search of the Arctic's top predator, the polar bear. Paddling in his kayak, Steve gets closer than planned when an inquisitive polar bear starts to stalk him. One polar bear is frightening enough, but when a bunch of boisterous walruses with their dagger-like tusks decide to investigate Steve in his bright orange kayak, it's time to move on in search of other Arctic predators.

Steve heads south to Somerset Island, high in the Canadian Arctic. He's on the search for some head-banging musk ox and a ghostly white whale. But it seems the weather is against them; for the first time in 17 years, the sea ice hasn't melted. Will Steve and the team succeed in their mission to see the beguiling beluga whale?

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Steve Backshall
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Scott Alexander
Ruth Harries


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