Evan from Palo Alto asked:

Have you seen any animals yet?

So far we’ve seen a lot of bald eagles. They are as common in Alaska as squirrels are in other parts of the United States.

  • The Bald Eagle has a lifespan of about 30 years.
  • They have about 7000 feathers. They eat mainly live fish but will also eat fish that are decaying.
  • The female lays 1 to 3 eggs which incubate for 35 days.
  • Eagles stay with the same mate for life.
  • Walruses! We just saw walruses. They were sitting in piles on top of floating ice. We were able to see a pair of walruses as their ice floe came close to the ship. It was amazing to see their tusks which grow to be about 3 feet long. Walruses use their long tusks to help them get food from the bottom by digging in the sand to uncover clams. They have a lifespan of 30 years and can weigh as much as 3700 pounds!

    Email questions to: jnasharrigo@healy.polarscience.net

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    Jan Arrigo

    Jan currently teaches Kindergarten and First grade in Palo Alto, CA. She looks forward to a new challenge in the Fall of both Second and Fourth grades. Her main focus on the Healy will be to bring real world Science to elementary school students through text, pictures, videos and live streaming.

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