Click on each animal a few times to learn more about them
Hi, I am a little Sprat and my name begins with S which is also the first letter of the Sea in which I live. Because I am quite small I have to watch out for bigger fish who may see me as their lunch. Luckily I am a fast swimmer and so I can swim away quickly. Did you know that me and my friends travel in large groups, called schools, with other fish and swim continuously throughout the day?
Our relatives are the herring, the mackerel, anchovy and the sardines.
Hi, my name is Mr Fish and I swim beneath the ice of the North Pole. I have to keep moving to keep myself warm as I look for my lunch. Did you know that there is a North Pole and a South Pole and me and my friends have adapted to each by developing an antifreeze protein in our blood that allows us to survive where other fish species did not. In evolutionary terms, we gained an advantage and ran with it. We never encounter ice in Antarctica as we live too deep in the sea.
Also due to cold temperature we live lives that are slower, but everything here lives longer.
Hi, it is Miss Penguin here. I love to jump in and out of the sea as I play with all of my friends. In this book we have swam all the way from the South Pole to the North Pole which is a long way. I had never seen a Polar Bear until this trip and I don’t want to see one ever again. They are big!!
Some of us are able to reach amazing dives close to 550 meters which can last up to 22 minutes under the water! They require a great lung capacity. Our black backs blend with the ocean water when you see us from above, while our white bellies match the bright surface when we are seen from below. This disguises us from our predators like leopard seals and helps us catch our prey like fish, squid, crabs and krill.
My name is Mr Polar Bear and I am the biggest animal at the North Pole. My fur is white so that I can hide in the snow and creep up on other animals. I sleep in the snow every night but my thick fur keeps me warm. Did you know that I am an excellent swimmer, which is lucky as I fall in the water in this book. My hunting and eating habbits depend completely on sea ice. Seals depend on it and seals are the only food source with a high fat content and enough calories to keep me healthy. I can only catch seals from the platform of sea ice, as in open water hunting seals is extremely challenging. I also rely on ice for travelling, breeding and denning.
I am an Eskimo, but I prefer to be called Inuit and I live in the far North where we have some of the harshest and coldest temperatures known to man. Because we don’t have many shops up here and fruit and vegentables are scarce and expensive to import, we have to hunt animals to stay alive and to make our clothes from their skins and furs. We love the animals as without them we could not survive. You may find our diet fascinating. Because we live in a cold evironment, we rely heavily on meats such as caribou, walrus, seal and various fish and birds. Even polar bears and foxes appear sometimes in our menu. There are many traditional ways how we prepare our food: drying, cooking in seal oil, burrying it until it ferments naturally. Frozen, raw whitefish is a delicacy.
Although we eat a lot of meat, we are actually among the healthiest people in the world.
We make shelters called igloos, for us "igloo" is just a word for a building people live in and not a small snow dome.