From the bush plane the January Arctic Ocean looks inhospitable, dark and dangerous. It’s hard to imagine that this freezing and unforgiven waterworld is home of amazing animals like walruses, ribbon seals, beluga and bowhead whales. I bet that the few who scuba dive in such a harsh environment do it during the summer.
The photo shows the water when the plane started to descend for landing at Point Hope. When it reached the coastline the amount of water free of ice increased considerably.
The locals told me that the ice has changed. It’s thinner than it used to be.
© E. Betty Bastai