The beluga whale is easy to spot in Churchill Manitoba. Beluga actually means ‘the white one’ in Russian. However, only adult belugas are white; calves are born brown or dark grey and gradually pale to become totally white between six and eight years of age.Beluga whales have stout bodies, well-defined necks and a disproportionately small head. They have thick skins, short but broad paddle-shaped flippers, and sharp teeth. Unlike other whales, the beluga doesn’t have a dorsal fin. Belugas average 3 to 5 metres in length and weigh between 500 and 1,500 kilograms. Male whales have a marked upward curve at the top of their flippers.Belugas also have a well-developed sense of hearing and refined ability to detect objects by sound. Called echo-location, this natural sonar is important to a species that lives a good part of its life in dark waters. At depths greater than 100 metres, there is virtually no light and belugas have been seen to make frequent dives to depths of several hundred metres. Visibility in water can be further reduced by silt runoff in river estuaries. To navigate and catch prey, belugas use a series of clicking sounds that bounce off fish and other objects in the water. The resulting echoes enable the belugas to build an accurate picture of what’s around them.Tours to see the Beluga Whales by boat are offered in the community.

This unique way of kayaking tour takes us from deep within the magical Churchill River

and into Hudson Bay, the home of the Beluga Whale and polar bear. You will sea kayak through some of the best sea Beluga and wildlife areas on the Manitoba coast. This is sea kayaking at its best.

Polar bears roam the ice of Hudson Bay hunting seals. When the ice melts in July, the bears come ashore. They are seen on shore from boat tours starting mid July and the first week of August .

The record-setting trilobite was found and recovered during a long-term field project investigating fossils along an ancient marine coast of Late Ordovician age exposed near Churchill, Manitoba. "Four hundred and forty-five million years ago, this now frozen and windswept area was a thriving tropical haven for life along what was then the Earth's equator," says Graham Young, associate curator of geology at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature and an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba




      Beluga Whales of Churchill Manitoba