National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada
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Canada’s National Marine Conservation Areas System Plan
Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea)
© Parks Canada / Dorothea Kappler, 1995
Greek for 'ice loving', its scientific name aptly describes this ghostly white bird, one of the hardiest gulls in the world. It lives year-round amid the polar ice and snow and is rarely seen outside the Arctic. It is a bold and aggressive scavenger and feeds on anything it can find - fish, crustaceans and dead whales and seals, including polar bear kills.