Counting Whales & Ice Conditions (Geoff Carroll)

Video Shot in: 2022

Geoff Carroll reflects on the fascinating whale counting program that began in 1974. Over the years, the count has improved and provided valuable insights into the whale population’s growth and health. The population has significantly increased, but due to changing ice conditions, the census has become more challenging. The whales are now staying farther from the shore, making it harder to observe them closely. As a result, local whalers are sometimes foregoing the traditional sealskin umiaq and using outboard motors to intercept the whales in their new habitats.