January has turned into February and ice has formed over a great area. It is now impossible to get the hydrophone in the water at Qaqqaliaq ( The permanent recording equipment from last year is demounted ) The option for following the development in bowhead singing behaviour is now to walk out on the sea ice and drill or hack a hole for the hydrophone.
After slow start, a routine has now been established.
Joining two part time fishermen when going to the ice gives the opportunity to feel safe and a having company when recording is going on. Besides the creatures (fish and sharks ) pulled up from the sea is interesting. On the pictures you see the fishermen and some of the catch: wolffish and shark. A total of 4 sharks where caught over a period of a week. Average size 3.4 meter.
When lines a back in the hole this is a convenient place to submerge the hydrophone and from 10 of February bowheads were heard on every listening session.