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October 27th

Jesse Eves – depositing his ‘breakfast’ – & lunch – into the ocean !!

These waters were very rough – Jesse hasn’t any sea-legs to sustain him during the rock & roll of the ocean !!

Bowhead hunt

Bowhead hunt

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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!

Setting up camp

We are finally out of the village to set up camp many miles out on the ocean ice – time for whaling -THE most exciting time of the year.  The crew departed about 7:00 p.m. Monday Evening !   GOOD LUCK !

Heading out to the ice

Heading out to the ice

 

Transporting the umiaq & equipment to set up camp

Transporting the umiaq & equipment to set up camp

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