Discover the stand-out species that survive and thrive in the icy climes of the Arctic Circle
Most misunderstood – Lemming
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
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
Able to tirelessly pursue prey for miles, the wolverine feasts on anything from rabbits to reindeer, earning its greedy reputation.
Most aggressive – Orca
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
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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