A Journal, with Pictures

Saturday August 8th.

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Flying

Today we are going to explore the Hudson Bay by boat leaving the river and going up the coast to a prime Beluga gathering spot. We leave late morning so we take the opportunity to visit the Eskimo museum which is a short walk away. The museum is well done and you come away appreciating their art and incredible ability to survive and flourish in the harshest climate.

We then take the lazy Bear bus to the dock, but first we don survival suits (what we called poopie suits in the Navy). This should have been a clue. We boarded the very impressive lazy Bear boat designed for this mission. We started out toward the mouth of the river and who do we run into our mother and cub bear swimming toward town. Wally the lodge owner, who is our guide today, indicates we have to herd the bears back to their side of the river. Once we get this done, we spy Papa bear, who is by himself being a lazy bear. Male bears are not too friendly toward cubs, wanting all the attention, so mama and cub stay away.

Now we turn out onto Hudson Bay and its cool and a little rainy for the next hour pounding up to the Beluga spot. When we finally get there we are in shallow water (12 t0 20 feet and the Belugas are feeding on fish that hide in the rocks on the bottom (artic char, trout, pickril) so we actually stir up thier prey. The Belugas interact with our boat and we are surrounded with whales.

To view a video on You Tube of the Belugas courtisey of Eric and Janet Prim go to :Belugas

We watched the whales for about an hour then had lunch and chatted. We then headed back, with an hour of pounding back along the coast back to Churchill. A long day in the elements and everyone was ready for a little COPA socialization.

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