On 3rd August 1894, beset in ice off the Siberian coast, the Noerwegian arctic explorer, Fridtjof Nansen, entered in his diary: 'Today m y longing has at last been satisfied, I have shot Ross's Gull. This rare and mysterious inhabitant of the unknown north, which is only occasionally seen, and of which no one knows whence it came and whither it goeth, whi

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