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Musk ox

September 28, 2010

Back home now in Cardiff with a bottle of Becks and CSI Miami on the TV. I’ve got to admit I’m missing Greenland already!

Our last few days were spent in Kangerlussuaq, a town that was only founded in the 2nd World War when the US set up a military base there. The Americans have left, but town now hosts the country’s largest airport. And the surrounding hills are the best place in Greenland to see land mammals – our reason for wanting to spend several days there before coming home.

We managed to find about 20 huge musk oxen over the weekend. They’re impressive beasts, stocky doesn’t seem quite an adequate enough description. Some were warming up for the rutting season, which is just beginning. Shame we won’t see them in full combat.

We also saw arctic hares close to our hostel, and two different ptarmigan up at the radar from where we started our musk ox – watching trips.

So now there’s a PhD to write up – and a lot of photos to process! A few pics from the weekend:

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

Arctic hare

Arctic hare

Musk ox

Musk ox

Musk oxen

Musk oxen

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