In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
More days with the Belugas
More days with the Belugas in the cold waters of the Hudson Bay are over now. And slowly we feel that our bodys have been exposed to the cold every day.
The question why the belugas migrated into the river a few days ago has to be explained with the hunt for one of the animals.
We will try to meet the white angels for two more days …and say „good bye“ to them.
What is pleasing is that we have seen so many young animals. The young belugas are still blue-brown to brown in contrast to the white adult animals. For up to two years the little one stays with the mother and get their tooth break in the second year of his life.
The Hudson Bay population of nearly 60,000 is currently considered to be stable.
But there are facts endangering their furure – like a disputed oil-loading point in the Churchill River.
And if there was not the little fish called capelin, there would be no nursery for Belugas. 35 kilos of capelin eats a single whale during this time – on one day!
With 4,000 whales around the rivermouth, this means 140,000 kilo capelin a day! This requires a stable population of this fish-species.