So, is it or isn’t it?


Nuuk to Montreal, via Kangerlussuaq, Copenhagen and Amsterdam – Ok… so we’re going back home now. But I’m going back without having seen what’s become the symbol of the North… the polar bear.

But on the flight from Nuuk to Kangerlussuaq I looked down and there, swimming in the water, is what I’m sure was a polar bear.

Now, everyone I’ve showed this video to says ‘No way,’ the image on the screen is moving too fast to be a polar bear.

But I still want to believe I’ve seen one. And that’s the story I’m sticking to.

Take a look and tell me what you think. The ‘what-I-think-is-a-polar-bear’ is the white streak moving in the water on the right side of the screen.

Video: So is it or isn’t it?


Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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