Envol de mouette ivoireAbout this photograph
The pure white Ivory Gull is without a doubt the most emblematic but also the most endangered Arctic seabird. It is highly regarded by the Inuits for its skill as the ultimate Arctic survivor. The Ivory Gull breeds on the highest mountains and on the northernmost Arctic land. The Ivory Gull is facing serious risk of extinction due to climate change. Since they are already living in the highest altitudes and northernmost part of the Arctic there is nowhere left for them to relocate their colonies. Just like the polar bear they feed exclusively in the pack-ice zone in the summer: a zone that could completely disappear within a few decades...
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Luc Hardy is a French-American adventurer living in both France and the United States. He participates in far away expeditions with passion. His curiosity for the world and his love of adventure stems from his origins in Brittany. Today, Luc Hardy’s rigorous and decisive photography, taken in places he is just passing through, affirms his passion. A member of the Explorers Club of New York, Luc Hardy has led several Arctic expeditions.