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Team to Study Belugas' Habits

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Team to Study Belugas' Habits

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Winnipeg Free Press

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Alexandra Paul

Chris Debicki will be bobbing on the waves today in an inflatable Zodiac boat on Hudson Bay.

As part of a nine-member scientific team from Winnipeg, the Arctic environmental advocate hopes to bump into a beluga or two and tag them in an attempt to explain one of the cyclical wonders of the region.

So Oceans North Canada, part of the Pew Environment Group, is teaming with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Manitoba Conservation to begin a three-year study project today, with Inuit support, said Debicki, the Nunavut project director for Oceans North.

During the three years, the expedition will tag belugas at the Seal, Nelson and Churchill estuaries.

An estimated 57,000 beluga whales return to the western reaches of Hudson Bay every summer in one of the biggest migrations of belugas in the world. They head straight for the estuaries of the Seal, Nelson and Churchill rivers. It's thought the belugas share a symbiotic link to these places, where they moult, feed and give birth.

Read the full article, Team to Study Belugas' Habits, on the Winnipeg Free Press website.

 

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