Polar Bears Ursus maritimus have helped put Churchill on the map, it's nickname is 'Polar Bear Capital of the World' and each year they come ashore along this part of the Hudson Bay as the ice gradually melts and recedes. With no ice to fish from they swim to shore and basically chill out, not feeding until the Bay freezes again in mid November. Although they aren't catching their preferred prey of Ringed and Bearded seals at this time of year, it doesn't mean they aren't still extremely dangerous animals where we are concerned. A typical summer job in Churchill is as a bear lookout.
|Patrolling for Polar Bears, an important job in Churchill.|
|Prepared for the sea trip in fetching floatation suit.|
Before leaving the river though you can't miss seeing some of the 3000 Belugas that make this their summer residence.
|Beluga whales feeding on Capelin, Churchill River|
|Beluga, adult. You can just make out some scars on this one|
though most have some from run-ins with predators
such as the Orca.
|Arctic Skuas are very common out in the estuary.|
|Arctic Skua harassing a American Herring Gull|
|Polar Bear mother and cub emerging from the Hudson Bay|