Last week a very unusual sighting of a bowhead whale in the Churchill River created a buzz in town and around the whale watching community. Churchill is known for its beluga whales that return from the north every summer and infiltrate the estuaries surrounding the Churchill region. Thousands of belugas come south with calves or to give birth to them. They also come for the warmer waters which produce a bounty of marine food such as capelin.

In recent years, sightings of orca and bowhead whales have caused a stir and talk of climate change allowing for the unusual presence of these magnificent creatures. Whatever the reasons the thrill of seeing these whales is unbelievable!

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Bowhead whale in the Churchill River. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

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