During our layover at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife en route to Vancouver, we were already reminiscing about the beauty of Cambridge Bay. After much debate, here’s a few of our favourite photographic mementos from our time spent exploring above and below the water in the Arctic.
Luggage carrousel at Yellowknife airport. Welcome to the North. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
A sea star, with jelly and brittle stars.
Unique soft corals found beneath the Arctic Ocean where temperatures hover around one degree Celsius.
Refuse, including muskox skull, below Cambridge Bay public dock. Even the Arctic waters could use a shoreline clean up.
Giant deep sea comb jelly. It may be cold in the Arctic Ocean, but it’s not barren.
Local residents fishing for arctic char in the river. Seafood is staple in the Arctic. Local cemetery in the background.
River meanders out of the tundra. Mount Pelly in the background.
The sun shines over Cambridge Bay West Arm shoreline. It may look warm enough to swim but the water hovers just above freezing.
Close-up of an anemone.
A peregrine falcon sits on a rock, eyeing up its next meal. These falcons kept us company by swooping over our heads during our boat dives.
Drysuits drying after a day of diving in the Arctic.
Moonrise over Cambridge Bay.
This summer, scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre head north for innovative Arctic research projects both below and above the ocean’s surface in collaboration with Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), the new federal agency responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and for strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. This is the final post in a series of posts.
Blog post by Jeremy Heywood, diving safety officer for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.
Photos by: Jeremy Heywood, Danny Kent, Donna Gibbs and Mackenzie Neale.