Wind was up to 60 knots this morning, whistling in the rigging, a snowstorm also. The young sea ice broke up and is packed in the small bay. There is less than 50 cm of water under the boat, as we are pushed close to the shore. While taking the daily picture, the wind blew France's chapka away. She pulled on her dry suit to go and get it on the pack ice, and didn't see a polar bear about to follow her when she was coming back to the boat without worrying, her hat in her hand. A signal flare was not enough to really scare him away, and he is now sleeping on a nearby ice floe. Hopefully, Jin and Frost are watching over in the semi-darkness!

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