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Spitsbergen Island

Spitsbergen Island is located in the Svalbard Archipelago, an icy collection of islands found above of the Arctic circle and is known for its fragile populations of walruses, beluga whales, harbor seals, reindeer and polar bears. While the entire planet is facing the negative effects of climate change, this area of the world is perhaps hit the hardest; so much sea ice has melted that some enormous glaciers have nearly disappeared over the last 50 years. Scientists are calling for the world to pursue clean energy alternatives to reduce carbon emissions to preserve this sensitive area and the rest of the world. For more information about reducing your carbon footprint, visit

Protected Species

Beluga Whales Harbor Seals Polar Bears Reindeer Walruses
Spitsbergen Island
\"The photographs seen on this page were obtained by the Mission Blue Expeditions team. They have visited Hope Spots around the world, documenting these vibrant marine environments and engaging local stakeholders to protect them. Led by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Expeditions Director Kip Evans, these voyages explore our most critical ocean habitats and are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships and build broad public support for the creation of marine protected areas across the globe.\"

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