Posted by: Team - Bowhead whale | February 28, 2011

First time on the sea

Until now the bowhead whales only have been heard a few times. Therefore we decided to go by Porsild to Laksebugten to search for the bowhead whales. Laksebugten lies so that the whales can be heard from other directions then possible from Qaqqaliaq. Our hope was to hear some singing whales and maybe get the first sight of a whale in this season. Unfortunately, on our way to Laksebugten we saw no whales at all. We threw the hydrophone into the water but that only made matters worse: We did not hear any whales at all. This means that the whales can still be far away or that they are quiet which is, however, rather unusual for this time of the year.

Listening to the sea onboard Porsild. Photo: L. Jensen


This result of not seeing nor hearing any whales is very new, slightly disappointing, but still very interesting. We can only guess what is causing the quite big annual changes in the arrival timing of the whales into the bay or the variation in their singing behaviour. In 2007 we saw the first whale on the 15th of February but a year later, in 2008 the first whale was first seen a month later, on the 14th of March.