WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A female arctic fox was recorded to have traveled more than 4,415 kilometers.
- Using sea ice, the fox was able to walk from Norway to Greenland, then the northern part of Canada over a period of 4 months.
- Norwegian scientists say that this journey’s distance was the most ever recorded for an arctic fox.
Arctic foxes are one of the animals that usually leave their place of birth to find a place to settle and breed. In Copenhagen, Denmark, one such female fox traveled over 4,415 kilometers from northern Norway, via Greenland, all the way to the far north of Canada.
The Norwegian Polar Institute reports that the young fox, around two years old, left her birthplace on the Svalbard archipelago in Norway last year on March 1, 2018, and walked for a period of around four months to Ellesmere Island, Canada. She reached her destination on July 1,2018.
A research article with the subtitle “One female’s long run across sea ice”, researchers say that the distance the arctic fox traveled in those months in search for a place to breed is one of the most ever recorded. The fox’s movements were tracked with the use of a device that monitored her movements through satellites. This device was fitted on the fox around July 2017 when she was still at her native habitat- a glacier located on Spitsbergen island, Norway. Though the fox stayed relatively close to her birthplace, she eventually left the island last year, March 26, 2018.
The fox’s amazing trek involved an average daily distance of 46.3 kilometers covered. Scientists from Norway say, “The short span of time spent covering such a distance highlights the exceptional movement capacity of this small-sized carnivore species.” The presence of sea ice allows arctic foxes to travel from Norway to Greenland and North America.