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The sad end of whaling.. ..

Spring whale hunting is over.. this year, for all practical purposes.

Barrow 3 small whales

Time to Look !

Time to Look !

Wainwright – No whales

Pt. Lay – One whale

Point Hope – Two whales    Omnicks & Oktolliks Crews

Those are very sad numbers of actual food for almost 7 thousand people.

Time to Pack .. ..

Time to Pack .. ..

Barrow could have had a much higher success rate, if it were not for people (crews) rushing to the lead with snowmachines and metal boats – just as the whales were coming to the Point, (our location). Seven crews hyjacked our trail, and took over the ice with much clamor and noise making – which scared all the animals away.

Once your crew is setup @ the lead, there are no machines permited this close. walk – keep quiet and no loud noises.

Time to Scat !

Time to Scat !

Waiting & Watching for FOOD!

Waiting & Watching for FOOD!

Too windy – Too cold

So, we stay at home and wait, for the winds to die down, before we can go back out on the trail.

Walking around the village of Barrow, it is obvious, people are preparing to go whaling out on the ocean ice for many weeks.

Transportation

Transportation

Four types of transportation

Four types of transportation

Plug it in !

Plug it in !

If you want your vehicle to start, then you best plug it in overnight.
Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Umiaq standing by, ready to take to the ice

Close the windows !

Close the windows !

New Skins

New Skins

Umiaq flips, – crew tossed into ocean!

That’s the word, we received today from Pt. Hope  (May 8th 08) from one of the whaling crews in the village.  Luke Koonuk’s crew plagued by disasters last year, went on to experience something I have never heard of happening up here before.  The crew was in the umiaq in the frigid water,  a huge piece of ice came up under the umiaq and flipped it over. the whole crew was tossed into the water. Luke lost his umiaq, it sunk.  Everyone was safely saved from this disaster. As more details come in, I shall report the events in a more clear and precise manner.

UPDATE:   5 hunters were thrown into the water, the umiaq sank. nearby boats rushed to rescue everyone with 100% recovery, no one injured.  I have said this statement so many times on all of the 56 different forums, :  “here in the arctic, anything can happen at any time. with very bizzare outcomes !!  this is just another instance of life in the Arctic.. .. High in the Arctic.. .. .. Eskimo !!