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Mysterious Arctic Ice Holes Baffle Scientists
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Arctic Sea Ice Is Second-Lowest on Record
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‘Doomsday Vault’ Protects Earth’s Food Supply—Here’s How
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How Colour Changing Animals Are Rebelling Against Climate Change
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Animals Are Shrinking and Freezing to Death in a Changing Arctic
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115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended In Disaster
On the 130th anniversary of National Geographic's founding, see what happened during an attempt to reach the North Pole.
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Arctic Refuge Has Lots of Wildlife—Oil, Maybe Not So Much
After four decades of debate, Congress looks set to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling.
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Here’s Where The Arctic’s Wildlife Will Make Its Last Stand
Forecasters say the region’s sea ice will dwindle to a strip above Greenland and Canada. There, polar bears and others will fight to survive.
About the Show

Ghosts of the Arctic was the type of passion project that my boyhood dreams were made of. Our goal was to venture out into the beautiful frozen expanse of Svalbard, in winter, to search and document polar bears.

During the shoot we experienced temperatures that were never warmer than -20ºC and frequently plummeted down as low as -30ºC + wind chill factor.

Many days we drove over two hundred kilometres on our snow mobiles in very difficult terrain and conditions as we searched for wildlife. The bumpy terrain left us battered, bruised and sore. We experienced three cases of first and second-degree frostbite during the filming as well as a lot of failed equipment and equipment difficulties as a result of the extreme cold. Each day involved 14-16 hours in the field.

We had batteries that would loose their charge in mere minutes, drones that wouldn't power up and fly, cameras that wouldn't turn on, steady-cams that would not remain steady, HDMI cables that became brittle and snapped in the cold, frozen audio equipment, broken LCD mounts, broken down snow mobiles and more. We existed on a diet of freeze dried cod and pasta washed down with tepid coffee and the occasional frozen mars bar.
But in spite of the conditions, it was one of the most rewarding shoots we have all been involved in. We hope you enjoy it!

Credits:
Director: Abraham Joffe
Cinematography: Abraham Joffe + Dom West
Edit: Dom West
Colour: Dom West + Fred El Harris
Photographer: Joshua Holko
Guide: Frede Lamo
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Instagram:
Abraham Joffe @abrahamjoffe
Dom West @dom_west_

Many thanks to our supporters: Canon Australia - FStop - Miller Tripods - Polar Pro - DJI - Dragon Image - CR Kennedys - PilotFly - Atomos

*Absolutely no wildlife was interfered with in any way shape or form during the filming and everything you see is totally natural behaviour.

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