Sam Carana, via Facebook
Sea ice close to the North Pole looks slushy and fractured into small pieces. This image shows the situation on July 8, 2016. For reference, the bars at the bottom right show distances of 20 km and 20 miles. By comparison, sea ice in the same area did develop large cracks in 2012, but even in September 13, 2012, it was not broken up into small pieces.