Beluga's are known as the "Canary's" of the sea because they're always singing. Swimming amongst these very social creatures was amazing. They came up to us repeatedly to check out my daughter and I. The Beluga's would even gently nudge us from time to time just to see what we were all about. Their incessant squaking was our indication that they found us amusing and certainly not a threat as they knew we were in their home. These were mostly females with new calves feeding off mom in the warm waters running from the Seal River estuary on the northern coast of Hudson's Bay.
It happens that this year was a good year in terms of weather because the ice was long lasting by about a month. This created more food for the Polar Bears which in turn means less need for them to hunt happy Beluga's and their young ones. We saw a few Polar Bears eyeing out a tasty Beluga dinner nearby but although Polar Bear's are very good swimmers they're nowhere near good enough to normally catch a Beluga. Polar Bears do much better with seals, but that's another story.
Next week we'll visit a few Polar Bears chlllin out on land.
All Beluga sounds are live from the hydrophones dropped into the water for my filming.
Produced, edited and entirely filmed (including all underwater footage) by myself.
If I get enough requests I'll post more underwater footage of the Beluga's online somewhere.
Guides: Terry Elliot and Andy MacPherson
To the IMAX and Discovery film crews for cooperating with us to help spot the Beluga's and Polar Bears by air