September 28, 2015
Quintessential Arctic Beast
- as seen by -Ricardo Antunes
It’s a rainy and windy day in Nome, Alaska, as I wait for more favorable weather to head out into the Bering Sea to continue my research on marine mammals.
Driving home after a hearty breakfast with friend and boat captain Adem Boeckman, we spot a mass of dark brown bodies at the edge of town. Closer inspection reveals a small herd of eight muskoxen huddled together to withstand the elements, although I am sure this must be nothing compared to the snowstorms that blow across this land in the winter.
The low light and wet conditions are far from ideal for photography but I can’t resist getting getting some images of this quintessential Arctic beast. As I approach within 60 feet, a few animals stand up and look back in my direction. After few photos, I turn back and leave them in peace.