Watching Beluga Whales
Considered one of the best wildlife encounters, Sea North Tours have been delighting people with their whale watching tours of Hudson Bay. Visitors put on an artic wetsuit to slip into the chilly waters to snorkel with Beluga whales.
Each summer, 3,000 to 5,000 of these blubbery white mammals congregate at the mouth of the Churchill River in Manitoba where they nosh on schools of tiny capelin and calve their young. For over 20 years, Mike Macri-the owner and operator of Sea North Tours -has been taking clients out in his boat to see the beluga whales in comfort, but more and more are choosing to snorkel with the graceful creatures. Enjoy these photos from a Sea North tour.
Beluga with snorkeler. “They all say it was the most amazing experience of their entire life,” says Marci.
The Churchill River break-up varies but usually occurs early to mid June. The icebergs remain throughout the summer months.
Icebergs generally range from 1 to 75 metres (3-250 ft) above sea level and the largest ones are usually seen in the North Atlantic.
The sociable Beluga spend time together in pods. Groups of males can number in the hundreds with mother and calves making up smaller groups.
Belugas are beautiful, playful and intelligent. They often swim within a few feet of boats. This one swam directly underneath the kayak.
The Zodiacs used are equipped with clean quiet four stroke outboards and are operated by Churchill’s most experienced river pilots.