An image showing sled dogs whose ankles are deep in the water, where normally thick ice is, is viral.
The picture, taken by Steffen Olsen, a scientist from the Danish Meteorological Institute, shows the devastating scale of ice melt in Greenland.
The water through which the dogs run is, according to CNN, due to floods caused by excessive melting of Greenland's ice sheet, the second largest in the world.
Olsen was reported to have been tasked with obtaining climate gauges. Colleagues placed themselves on the sea ice when he took the now viral photo.
In a post on Twitter, Olsen wrote last week that communities in Greenland "rely on sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing."
"Rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the meltwater above," he wrote.
Communities in #Greenland relies on sea ice during transport, hunting and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice due to sudden onset of surface meltdown, require increased forecasting capacity in the Arctic @ BG10Blueaction @polarprediction @dmidk https://t.co/Y1EWU1eurA
– Steffen M. Olsen (@SteffenMalskaer) 14 June 2019
CNN reports that Greenland's typical "melting season" lasts from June to August but has lost massive amounts of ice this month, earlier and more dramatically than in the past July usual.