Five amazing Arctic animals

Discover the stand-out species that survive and thrive in the icy climes of the Arctic Circle

Most misunderstood – Lemming

Illustration, white adult and baby Arctic Lemmings (Dicrostonyx torquatus), side view.

Lemmings are among the most numerous Arctic animals. It’s a misconception that they commit suicide in large numbers; it’s actually an accidental product of mass migration.

Most adapted – Walrus

Walrus (Odobenus), oblique view

This bulky tusked mammal sports thick blubber for warmth against the Arctic chill and four robust flat flippers for both swimming and swift movement on land.

Most relentless hunter – Wolverine

Illustration of Wolverine (Gulo gul) killing Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in snow

Able to tirelessly pursue prey for miles, the wolverine feasts on anything from rabbits to reindeer, earning its greedy reputation.

Most aggressive – Orca

Killer whale

The killer whale is undoubtedly the terror of Arctic waters. They use ruthless hunting strategies and work together as a pod to snare pray or playthings.

Most well-travelled – Arctic tern

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) in flight.

This bird breeds in the Arctic and then undertakes a huge migration to spend the winter in Antarctica, a round trip of over 69,200km (43,000mi.)

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