The swimming polar bears remind me about the missing sea elephants off the cost of California. Some 15 years ago or so, there was an alarm. Someone or something had eradicated 90% of the local sea elephant population. A census of the sea elephants had been carried out using seaplanes to track the seals at sea, and only 10% of the expected number was found. However, the sea elephants were all there. They were just doing what comes naturally to them: diving. But at the time no one knew that these fantastic mammals spend some 90% of the time below the sea surface - sometimes at depth well below 700 msw.
About the polar ice: Don't worry Richard, the catastrophe will come, it is just slightly delayed
No matter where we stand at the end of the melt season it's just reinforcing this notion that Arctic ice is in its death spiral," said Mark Serreze, a scientist at the center. The Arctic could be free of summer ice by 2030, Serreze said by telephone.
Actually, I'm not sure the melt season is over. (See here at www.climateaudit.org)
, but unfortunately we will now have to wait until well into the third decade of this century before we can paddle our canoes across the North Pole. Sigh....
PS: Note that the posters at Climateaudit are discussing both ice-area and ice-extent. The extent has declined recently, but the area has remained stable for the last couple of days.