Philpots Island

Sep 03, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


We arrived at Philpots Island, the largest of Devon Island’s offshore islands, where we put a fleet of Zodiacs into the water and cruised along the exposed rocky shore. We spotted a small herd of walruses (or is it a “pod” of walruses? Or a “huddle”?) hauled out on rocks close to the water’s edge. We were also treated to sightings of harp seals and feeding arctic terns, diving for food around us.

After these fantastic sightings, we traveled across Bethune Inlet and to check out some of the icebergs that recently calved from the huge glacier descending from the Cunningham Mountains.

After a spectacular morning, we returned to the comfort of the ship to spend the rest of the day at sea, listening to fascinating talks by cultural specialist Tua Pittman and Global Perspectives guest speaker Jared Diamond, all the while heading toward our next exciting adventure.

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About the Author

Emmett Clarkin

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emmett developed his love of nature and the environment from growing up in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland.  His passion for the ocean came from time spent on family trips to the wild Atlantic coastlines of County Donegal.

After studying for his Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology, Emmett completed a Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Marine Ecology.  He was given the Bright Sparks Award by the Irish Marine Institute, allowing him to undertake his doctoral research out at sea, studying the ecology of macroalgae and the connectivity of marine communities in the Northeast Atlantic.

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