Esperanza anchors in the Arctic to document the sea bed

Photo | 23 June, 2010

The Esperanza sits in the Arctic Ocean against a floe of sea ice north of Svalbard. The ship stopped here to launch an ROV (remote Operated Vehicle) to film life in the ocean and the sea bed under the ice. As climate change causes the Arctic sea ice to recede, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza has sailed north of Svalbard, to survey the poorly understood Arctic Ocean seabed. Meanwhile on the surface, the crew are observing and recording the diverse wildlife that has adapted to survive in this unique and harsh environment. Greenpeace is calling for the area of the Arctic Ocean historically protected year round by sea ice to be closed to all industrial activity, including destructive fishing.

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