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Wild Beluga Cam

The Great Arctic Beluga Social

Each summer, about 2000 whales pass through the Cunningham River estuary on Somerset Island, Nunavut. The traffic usually lasts for about a month, and it happens nowhere else.

A couple hundred whales will cluster at a time, enjoying the warmth from the river water, socializing and shedding skin (they rub themselves against the estuary bottom).

Watch the video to get a taste of what a gathering of frolicking belugas looks like.

In 2012, we installed a camera there to broadcast live footage of the scene direct to our RBC Blue Water Gallery and this web page. Unfortunately, a storm destroyed our equipment mere hours before the cam was to go live. Read the tale in our blog.

#BelugaCam on Twitter

Use hashtag #BelugaCam to dive into the stream of tweets, or catch up on previous tweets in the archive below.

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