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An ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) glides gracefully in the clear sky north of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. With its distinctive all white plumage, the ivory gull easily blends in with the icy surroundings when not in flight. Seeing this unique bird in the wild is an exciting prospect for wildlife enthusiasts, as this is a declining species due to environmental factors such as ice thickness and distribution. The ivory gull can primarily be observed in the Arctic seas and pack ice of northern Russia, Greenland, Canada, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. In Svalbard, the population is estimated to number 200. The Ivory Gull is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as "Near Threatened".
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