In the snow-covered Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, a group of explorers take a raft out into the icy waters. But as the team drift across the calm seas, they realize that something incredible is lurking just beneath the surface. And soon the explorers spot the skeletal remains of a great sea beast stretching out seemingly endlessly below them.
Located in the far north of our planet, the Arctic is a place where wintery conditions reign all year round. Much of it is in fact covered in snow and ice, like some mystical fairytale land, even during the summer. And the winter can sometimes see entire months go by without so much as a ray of sun touching its territories.
That is quite some territory too. Spread across roughly 5.5 million square miles, the Arctic actually covers the northernmost reaches of Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Sweden, Norway and Russia as well as the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas. And within its frozen landscape, temperatures can hit as low as -90 °F. In fact, even during the warmer months the mercury hovers around 50 °F.