Hunters capture 10-metre whale in Kugaaruk, Nunavut

Kugaaruk hunters landed a 10-metre bowhead whale late Sunday night. It took 12 hours to bring it back to the community.
This aerial photo shows hunters in Kugaaruk heading towards a bowhead whale. They captured as 10-metre specimen on Sunday. The meat and muktuk (whale skin) will be shared throughout Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. (Jeroen Slagter)

Kugaaruk hunters landed a 10-metre bowhead late Sunday night.

Columban Pujuardjok chairs the local hunt organizing committee.

When the hunters left Sunday morning, he was listening from the shore on his CB radio.

He says they started out around 10 in the morning and got the whale after about an hour.

It took them about 12 hours to bring the whale back.

By the time the hunters returned it was so dark, people used a beacon to show them the way.

A limited bowhead hunt is now an annual tradition in Nunavut with meat and muktuk, or skin, from the whales being shared among numerous communities. 

This year, three Nunavut communities got licenses to harvest one of the massive whales.

Parts of the Kugaaruk whale will be shared throughout Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. 


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