When you think about the Arctic (North Pole) and Antarctic (South Pole) the last thing that would come to mind is summer. When we think about summer we envision sitting pool side drinking ice tea and lemonade, or frolicking on the beach building sandcastles. In my home summer means closing the shades, cranking up the AC to full blast and looking forward to Autumn. Ha Ha.
With that in mind its hard to imagine that some of the harshest places on the face of the Earth can actually experience Summer.
Summer in the Arctic and Antarctic is not hot like it is for the rest of the world, but it is slightly warmer then usual.
This is the time when mother Polar Bears need to teach their cubs how to swim which is imperative for their survival. In this episode you’ll see a mother trying to get her cubs to swim in the ocean, but the cubs find ways around it by going from ice patch to ice patch, avoiding the water at all costs.
This episode also features the Empire Penguins, from the males preparing for the return of the females, to matching and then the laying of the eggs. The Empire Penguins are the ones where the males take care of the eggs, shuffling it around on top of their feet. The males are also responsible for caring for the egg during the long, bitter and harsh Winter.
The summer months are very brief and Autumn approaches quickly.
Did you know that prior to Winter the sea ice in the Antartic advances as much as 2 1/2 miles PER DAY! That means if you camped out on the edge of the sea ice within 24 hours you’d hav to hike 2 1/2 miles to reach the edge of the sea ice again. That is crazy!
This episode was really interesting, including how vastly different the Arctic looks in the summer months. You wouldn’t picture flowers and moss in places that are normally buried in ice.
Tune in to see Summer on Discovery’s Frozen Planet this Sunday, March 25, 2012. Please check your local TV listings for air time and channel.
For more information visit http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/frozen-planet. There you will find more information, games, a Penguin cam and so much more!
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**Photo Credits: Wolves – Jeff Turner (NaturePl.com), Owls – Markus Varesvuo (NaturePl.com), Penguins – Jeff Wilson Discovery Channel/BBC.