Arctic char is a silver fish in the salmon family. Highly adapted to frigid waters, Arctic char is distributed further north than any other freshwater fish; it can be found in lakes only 500 miles from the pole.
Like its cousin the salmon, both anadromous (seagoing) and freshwater populations of char exist. The animals spend their winters dormant underneath the thick ice covering lakes in northern Canada, Russia, Greenland, Norway, Iceland, and the islands of the Barents Sea. During the spring thaw, seagoing char migrate to the ocean where they spend the next few months.
While most char live above the arctic circle, relic populations of landlocked char are also found throughout northern Europe and in parts of North America and Asia, stranded in glacial lakes at the end of the last ice age.
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