Photos: Hunters harvest bowhead whale near Iqaluit

Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association reports successful catch off Hill Island

Members of the Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association pose on Aug. 5, following a successful bowhead whale harvest about 15 kilometres southwest of Iqaluit. (Photo by Bill Williams, Special to Nunatsiaq News)

By Nunatsiaq News

Hunters from the Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association harvested a bowhead whale over the weekend, about 15 kilometres southwest from Iqaluit.

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board tweeted its congratulations to the hunting party on Monday morning.

“Look at all those happy faces,” said the tweet, posted by the organization responsible for conserving wildlife while respecting Inuit harvesting rights.

On Aug. 5, the Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association reported on Facebook that its members from Iqaluit harvested “another blessed bowhead.” It was caught near Hill Island.

Hours of planning went into the hunt, using money that had been budgeted for the hunt in 2021, the hunters’ Facebook page said.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Maq-Pat on

    Why not beach it at or near town? That way the whole animal would definitely get used.

    • Posted by Northern Inuit on

      ever smell day day old fish soup that you didn’t finish and leave it in the kitchen as you thought you would have it the next day?

      multiply that by 4000.

      yeah, that wouldn’t be cool. smelling that throughout the town.

  2. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    thankful you did not all stand on the whale to take the picture. that always felt wrong seeing that.

    it’s a successful harvest, not a trophy hunt.


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