Tag Archive | sea ice

Colleague says EATEN possibly a real service to polar bear conservation 

Today I’d like to highlight a wonderfully unbiased review of my novel written by a prominent Canadian polar bear researcher who is utterly convinced that future sea ice loss is the biggest threat to the species (and a former student of the grand-daddy of all polar bear researchers, Ian Stirling). Here is what polar bear-human […]

Polar bear comes ashore on Fogo Island near artist studio

This is the usual time for polar bear visits to northern Newfoundland but this one had a sad ending. The bear that came ashore at Deep Cove (where some of the action in EATEN takes place, near the artist studio pictured in the CTV report shown above) on Fogo Island (map below) had to be […]

Harp seal: the most abundant Arctic seal & an undervalued polar bear prey species

This post has been reblogged from PolarBearScience. The harp seal is the most abundant seal species in the northern hemisphere (estimated to number more than 9 million animals – that’s more harps than ringed seals) but are found only in the North Atlantic. Partly because they give birth on mobile pack ice, harps have their […]

More details on recent Labrador polar bear sightings – almost EATEN déjà vu

Finally, we have further details from the CBC on the report earlier this week of polar bears seen in several coastal Labrador communities, in what must be some of the earliest sightings ever documented. Statements from witnesses reveal that the polar bears weren’t just on shore, they were brazenly prowling around people’s homes looking for […]

Another paper predicts more Atlantic sea ice over next 10 years

Atlantic Sea Ice Could Grow in the Next Decade: Changing ocean circulation in the North Atlantic could lead to winter sea ice coverage remaining steady and even growing in select regions. So states a summary of winter sea ice modelling by Stephen Yeager and colleagues (2015) just published in EOS (newsletter of the American Geophysical […]

Polar bears rarely come ashore in January but one did on Tuesday

In a life-mimics-fiction moment, this report appeared Tuesday morning (26 January) in The Telegram newspaper in Newfoundland: “The RCMP is warning the public after reports were received of a polar bear in Tilting. Fresh bear tracks were seen in the Fogo Island community Tuesday.” Tilting is a small town on the eastern shore of Fogo […]

Spring sea ice prediction for next year off Newfoundland: extensive ice coverage

Reblogged from PolarBearScience, originally published 3 December 2015. EATEN – my new polar bear attack novel – is set in Newfoundland 2025 for a reason. I wondered: what if sea ice coverage 10 years from now is as high or higher than it has been for the last two years, with inevitable positive effects on […]