Oceans Arctic Expedition June 2008 BBC2

Whaling and walruses

Today's report: Blowing in the wind | Walrus safety | Whaling history


Blowing in the wind

The ship has left the ice behind and is getting close to Longyearbyen. After missing out last week, there's a second chance to dive near walruses at one of their known haul-outs, if the winds are kind.

The team meanwhile are adjusting to how much warmer it feels, at just 78°N.

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Walrus safety

Preparing to dive near walruses, supervisor Pete West reckons the animals are behaving a bit like whales, 'spy-hopping' to keep an eye on the film crew. There's a lot of uncertainty though about how they'll behave if the boats and divers get really close, and tusks up to 40cm long make the walruses a hazard to be approached with caution.

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Whaling history

After a shore trip exploring the ruined whaling settlement at Smeerenburg, archaelogist Lucy Blue tells the tale of the industry that brought wealth to Svalbard.

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