Morgan: Well if it does, I think it's time for a check-up... Many elders in my community say that the ice is not spreading out and receding like it used to. They also say that the spring melt comes much sooner and quicker while the fall freeze happens later. Definitely not good news for hunting and fishing.
Ryan: You could say that the ice has a quicker heart rate!
Inukshuk: I suppose you could say that. In reality, scientists will tell you that recent warming in both the atmosphere and the ocean has significantly changed the rates of growth and decay of sea ice. This means the Arctic Ocean is rapidly losing its ice cover, giving way to a wetter ocean!
Ryan: Does this mean we will soon be able to bathe on the shores of Sachs Harbour or Pond Inlet? I could even become the first person to swim to the North Pole!
Morgan: Sure! If you made it...in a million years maybe... you could keep going to Russia or Scandinavia! Nice places to visit, but I wouldn't want to swim there.
Inukshuk: I don't think you have to worry about calling the Guinness Book of World Records just yet. Current trends suggest the Arctic Ocean will NOT suddenly turn into the Mediterranean Sea! Sea ice is indeed becoming sparser, and the main problem is that the people and animals of the Arctic might not be able to adapt as easily to the coming changes.
Ryan: Could we at least kayak to the North Pole? (Laugh) But seriously, I've heard about an open water route for ships crossing the Northwest Passage... They say that shipping companies have been trying to find a way through there to make it easier to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific. That would be a strange sight for a solitary polar bear staring out to sea! Come to think of it, what might happen to the bears with all the ice gone?