Changes in Whale Migrations & Iñupiaq Traditions (Craig George)

Video Shot in: 2002

Dr. Craig George talks about local impacts of global warming and changes in the traditional whaling practices of the Iñupiat . The migration of bowhead whales seems to be happening earlier, and there are adjustments in hunting due to weaker ice. The opening of the Arctic has allowed for a more extended fall hunting season, and there are speculations about the potential reasons behind the variations in whale presence, including food availability and the influence of killer whales and vessel traffic. Despite changes, some communities still use skin boats, preserving this traditional method of whaling. However, the impacts of climate change and the ice retreat continue to affect whaling practices and the bowhead whale population.