Two polar bear cubs engage in a wrestling match on an ice floe in Lancaster Sound in Nunavut, Canada. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 of the animals live in the area, a number that has been in decline for decades.
Photograph by Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Creative
Hello again from Murmansk! We just completed 2 of our 4 North Pole voyages and this one was absolutely fantastic. Giant waves in the Barents Sea, a dream polar bear encounter for my birthday, extra long heli flights over glaciers and huge success progressing with our sea ice project.
If you were left scratching your head last December over what all those drawings of pilots were about, or are curious to try this Cabin Pressure show but don’t want to put money down on an unknown quantity, it is your lucky day! Radio 4 Extra is rerunning Series 3, so you can hear the story behind these images for free:
Qikiqtarjuaq: Polar bears, professionalism, the Travelling Lemon, and a zany British sense of humour
Paris: The Yogi Bear of the Drinks Cupboard vs Just Like Miss Marple
Newcastle: How long will it take for one jet carrying six people to travel from Fitton to Newcastle?
A cryptid of the Alaskan tundra, the qupqugiaq is described as a ten-legged polar bear, these extra limbs making it a skilled and rapid hunter. There are supernatural abilities attributed to it in some stories, giving it the ability to take the form of your dead loved ones. If there have been any actual sightings of this creature, the given explanation has been a group of polar bears traveling closely together to give the appearance of a multi-legged beast.