Posted by: Team - Bowhead whale | April 14, 2010

Bowhead whale hunt

This year is the second year when bowhead whales are harvested here in Greenland. The quota is set to three individuals and the night between Friday and Saturday, two of these were taken close by Kronprinsens Ejland. The flensing took place on cliffs close to Aasiat and today we headed over there to see the animals. Both the individuals were full grown females. In the crystal clear water we could see the remains of the two whales, especially the size of the heart lying on the seabed caught our attention. It was breath taking to examine these huge whales so close by.

Bowhead whale harvested in Disko Bay. Photo: C. Ilmoni

On the way home we sailed across a completely flat Disko Bay. When passing by Kronprinsens Ejland we saw a silhouette of a bowhead whale fluke far away towards east and we made a short break to deployed our hydrophones. In the still night we could hear distant bowhead whale song.


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