Churchill Video of the Week – Lost Beluga Whale

A lone beluga whale took a vacation in London, England this week! The trip began with a leisurely swim up the Thames River around the Gravesland area about 30 miles east of London. The rare sight was captured on this video as well as many others posted on social media.

Helicopters from local news stations hovered above and local officials advised onlookers on boats to keep their distance. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation group was as surprised as anyone witnessing this incredible sighting.

Beluga whales are more commonly found in the Arctic. Churchill, Manitoba is a prime destination for beluga whale wildlife adventures.

Belugas at the back of the zodiac in the Churchill River in Churchill, Manitoba. Stephanie Fernandez photo.

Beluga whales inhabit cold, Arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and in the Barents Sea,” the group said in a statement. “There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the U.K. coast previously, but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

The last beluga whale spotted in the United Kingdom was off the coast of Northern Ireland three years ago,

Animal welfare organizations including the RSPCA are, “working with other agencies to monitor the situation” and have researchers on the scene to monitor the whale.

Churchill Photo of the Week – Sleepy Polar Bear

polar bear napping in Churchill

A sleepy polar bear waking up from an afternoon nap Alex De Vries-Magnifico photo.

It’s hard to believe that polar bear season in Churchill is only two months away! This magnificent sleepy polar bear image is another gem from Churchill photographer and guide Alex De Vries – Magnifico. This polar bear season will be another filled with imagination and countless surprises in and around the coastal village of Churchill on the Hudson Bay. So, it’s time to almost wake up and venture north to see these beautiful animals in a breathtaking Arctic landscape! 

Churchill Video of the Week

 Abraham Joffe is a photographer and filmmaker attracted to vast and open places like the North Pole. On an adventure to Greenland, one of his famous excursions, Joffe came upon icebergs five city blocks long. Since that trip, Joffe has been shooting Arctic landscapes, featured in this film, with colleague Joshua Holko, Together, the pair captured a rare glimpse inside the life of polar bears in this magical ice world in the high Arctic.

Churchill Aurora Borealis Photo

Northern lights in th Arctic

Northern lights in an Arctic landscape. CBC North photo.

This open landscape vista of northern lights and a lone snowmobiler exudes the vastness of the barren north. Tantalizing northern lights can portray even the most inauspicious scene as incredibly wondrous and mystical. Aurora borealis in Churchill and the surrounding Arctic have been off the charts lately and we continue to discover the most beautiful images from all across the region. Enjoy!

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