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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:21 AM

Fishermen think they spot a seal atop an iceberg, it turned out to be something else entirely

https://wildlifeinsider.com/fishermen-think-they-spot-a-seal-atop-an-iceberg-it-turned-to-be-something-else-entirely/


At first, the crew thought it had to be a baby seal. But after Alan pulled out the binoculars to take a closer look, he reported that it definitely was not a seal: its movements and general appearance weren't consistent. The mystery was too much: they needed to get even closer to know for sure what kind of creature this was. Unfortunately, that also meant getting closer to the iceberg on which it was sitting.

Inching the boat closer, they were finally able to identify what type of creature they this was. Not one of them expected what they discovered: it was a juvenile Arctic fox.

One of their first concerns was that the fox would panic and jump in the icy water to escape. Arctic foxes are capable of swimming but avoid it all costs due to their reliance on warm, dry fur for survival. In his condition, they didn't know if he would have the strength to keep himself above water.

When the boat gently grazed the side of the ice, the fox tried in vain to escape. But he was trapped, further exacerbating his anxiety. Eventually, the animal just froze in fear, staring at the fishermen.

We had to break the ice he was on and get him with the dipnet. He fought and fought to get away until he literally couldn’t move anymore, Mallory later explained. To their huge relief, the plan worked and the fox was deposited safely onto the boat. Or so they thought.

The fox was so traumatized by the abrupt capture and transition to the boat that he promptly jumped overboard into the icy water. The crew's number one fear was now realized.

The terrified creature circled the boat as Alan tried repeatedly to grab ahold of him. The team grew more and more scared for the animal's life as it expended all of its energy paddling desperately through the frigid sea. Thankfully, Alan was finally able to get a secure enough grip to lift the fox out of the water and safely on board. This time, it was for good.

The little Arctic fox was securely on board The Northern Swan, but he was still in dire danger. He cowered away from them into a corner, shivering violently from the cold. The bitter wind seemed to get worse by the minute. The crew knew that the animal was in danger of freezing to death and began to worry aloud if they bungled the rescue.

Alan and Cliff gathered all of the towels and other makeshift covers that they could find. They approached the fox gingerly, still scared that he might lash out violently in fear. They had reason for concern about his defensive skills. The Arctic fox has many predators, including golden eagles, polar bears, wolverines, red foxes, wolves, and grizzly bears. This fellow knew how to protect himself.

When they got to the sled dog island, the crew split up: two went to look for a good kennel and one stayed behind with the fox. In a few minutes, the scouts returned to the boat with good news: they'd found a solid kennel in a nice area, with lots of little critters and stuff and freshwater ponds so that he would have food and water during his stay there.

They carried him onto the island and gently set him near the kennel. The little fox popped into the dog house straight away — this was a great sign that he was feeling at least reasonably at home. He soon peeked his head out and looked around, taking in the larger environment.

One quick postscript to this joyful tale: the little fox stayed nearby! Mallory reports that they still see him from time to time, running around the island chasing small animals. A truly happy ending for all.


















































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Reply Fishermen think they spot a seal atop an iceberg, it turned out to be something else entirely (Original post)
Beringia Jun 25 OP
Phoenix61 Jun 25 #1
padah513 Jun 25 #6
Roc2020 Jun 25 #11
soothsayer Jun 25 #2
Butterflylady Jun 25 #3
Bayard Jun 25 #4
Baitball Blogger Jun 25 #5
Heartstrings Jun 25 #7
CrispyQ Jun 25 #8
Major Nikon Jun 25 #9
pamdb Jun 25 #10
BobTheSubgenius Jun 25 #12
pandr32 Jun 25 #13
McCamy Taylor Jun 25 #14
CaptainTruth Jun 25 #15
CatLady78 Jun 25 #22
stopwastingmymoney Jun 25 #36
UpInArms Jun 25 #39
geardaddy Jun 26 #42
CatLady78 Jun 29 #43
Olafjoy Jun 25 #16
cp Jun 25 #17
SpankMe Jun 25 #18
usaf-vet Jun 25 #19
ffr Jun 25 #20
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CatLady78 Jun 25 #23
Evolve Dammit Jun 25 #24
calimary Jun 25 #25
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StarryNite Jun 25 #28
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3catwoman3 Jun 25 #32
Karadeniz Jun 25 #33
BigmanPigman Jun 25 #34
Jack-o-Lantern Jun 25 #35
gopiscrap Jun 25 #37
ailsagirl Jun 25 #38
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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:28 AM

1. What a lucky, beautiful animal. nt

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:36 AM

6. +1

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:14 PM

11. Indeed!

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:29 AM

2. That's wonderful

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:32 AM

3. Never knew there was such an animal and

He is absolutely beautiful. Thank you!

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:35 AM

4. I love happy endings!

Not enough of those these days.....

Even sopping wet, he's beautiful. That last pic is a keeper.

Thanks for posting!

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:35 AM

5. This is like the start of a nordic story.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:37 AM

7. What a sweet little face!

Beautiful markings!

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:38 AM

8. Some tales at least have happy endings.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 11:58 AM

9. In the military I visited the arctic for a couple of weeks

I saw many arctic fox and some of them were very close as they were always scavenging around the chow hall. They are incredible to watch. They look very cute until you see their teeth which remind you to keep your distance.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:02 PM

10. Fox


What a beautiful fox. You get so used to the red ones, you forget the other ones.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:17 PM

12. One small, but very bright light of hope in an ocean of blackness.

I can't tell you how much I need stories like this right now. I've taken to watching animal rescue videos on TY for a small warm feeling.

Our local TV station, like every other, I imagine, has had to suspend their sports news segment, because there are no sports being played. They have replaced it with a segment called The Upside, wherein the sports guy and the weather guy travel the region to bring good news stories, and supplement them with videos from virtually everywhere. It's brilliant.

They have even started a trivia game show where teams of 2 or 3 answer questions while seated in their back yards. My next door neighbour shoots 3 teams at separate times, then comes home to edit it into a coherent show.

One camera, and L is the camera operator, producer and editor. Takes her 2 days to create an episode.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:18 PM

13. Made my day!

What a beautiful animal.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:29 PM

14. Thanks!

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:41 PM

15. This is the kind of fox news I like!

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Response to CatLady78 (Reply #22)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 08:36 PM

36. Scorpions? Or maybe some kind of parasite

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Reply #36)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:47 PM

39. Ticks

Nasty blood sucking disease carrying ticks

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Response to UpInArms (Reply #39)

Fri Jun 26, 2020, 10:20 AM

42. This

Useless creatures. Though they are food for oppossums.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:53 PM

16. What a sweet guy and sweet story

Bless you all!!❤️

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 12:59 PM

17. Good humans!

Lest we forget.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:12 PM

18. Cute doggie! n/t

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:12 PM

19. Thank you thank you for this heart lifting story.

It is always nice to be reminded there are kind people in the world.

Sadly though we have to realize there are still EVIL HEARTLESS fools in the world Donald and Eric Trump are prime example.

Hopefully, someday when they are in prison they will find out what it is like to be the prey and not the predators.

Again hopefully, that will be a daily experience for them for years. Every day of their sentence.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:24 PM

20. What a great thing these fishermen did.

Wonderful!

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:24 PM

21. What a great story and beautiful creature!

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:29 PM

23. Beautiful Fellow

Foxes are extraordinarily graceful looking.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:35 PM

24. great story. What a beautiful animal. Thanks

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:36 PM

25. I need stories like these to be reminded that not everybody/everything is completely fucked.

THANK YOU, Beringia.

Virtual

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:37 PM

26. Thanks for sharing this ray of hope

The news has been so consistently awful that this beautiful, miraculous rescue caused my eyes to tear unexpectedly.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:51 PM

27. He is beautiful. Make me cry. Thank you for what you all did!

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:54 PM

28. Thank you for sharing.

It made my day.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 02:44 PM

29. Thanks for sharing and kudos to the crew for doing the right thing.



They could have kept on going by and no one would ever have known a thing about it.

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 03:05 PM

30. Beautiful story.

We all need these kinds of stories these days.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 03:07 PM

31. Thank YOu.....Very Happy Story...Made me smile...Wonderful..

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 03:36 PM

32. How beautiful he is!

I so need happy ending stories.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 04:18 PM

33. They make me proud to be human, which isn't always the case nowadays! ❤

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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2020, 07:41 PM

34. How did it get on that ice in the first place?

I wonder how long he had been there and how he survived.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 08:02 PM

35. Best story today.

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:00 PM

37. He's beautiful

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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:14 PM

38. So glad they were able to rescue the little fellow

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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 02:08 AM

40. Wow!

Sad and inspiring in equal measure! Thanks.

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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 04:47 AM

41. Poor little thing.

He's just beautiful. I am so glad that those fishermen rescued him and made sure he was safe.

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