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.
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The Wild Beluga Cam is brought to you by the Canadian Museum of Nature in association with Arctic Watch Lodge.