The Beluga Cam provides an unparalleled window in the underwater world—including an auditory experience through a hydrophone! Tune in to experience the wonder.

The Beluga Cam provides an unparalleled window in the underwater world—including an auditory experience through a hydrophone! Tune in to experience the wonder.

© Madison Stevens

7/2/2020 5:34:33 PM

Summer Beluga Cam and Live Chats

Although it’s known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada is home to another incredible Arctic species—beluga whales! During the summer months thousands of beluga whales travel to the Churchill River estuary, which flows into Hudson Bay, to feed, molt, and give birth to their vulnerable calves in the safety of the shallow waters. 

At Polar Bears International we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic. Because of our passion for Arctic wildlife and unique home base in Churchill, Manitoba, we have partnered with Explore.org for 8 seasons to bring viewers an immersive view into the underwater world of beluga whales!

Although beluga boat captain, Kieran McIver, has always hosted guests on the boat to share their expertise and knowledge, this year we decided to schedule specific live chats so you can mark your calendars and know exactly when to tune in from afar! At other times you can expect light, casual commentary and enjoy the serenity of the beluga vocalizations. 

During these unprecedented times, when our schedules can seem disrupted and our movements restricted, a front row seat at home into the beluga’s world in the wild is unique. Check out the high tide schedule and tune in on our website or Explore.org from July 15th through early September. Be sure to turn the audio on and listen to vocalizations on the beluga cam’s hydrophone! 

Week of July 15th-18th: Summer Sea Ice Breakup—Welcome Back Belugas!

Wednesday, July 15th, 11:00am Central
Live Chat: Celebrating Arctic Sea Ice Day! — watch here
Panelists: Dr. Zack Labe, Dr. Thea Bechshoft
Join experts to learn all about Arctic sea ice and why it is important for polar bears and people around the world! 
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Wednesday, July 15th, 4:00pm Central
Live Chat: Why Beluga Whales Need Sea Ice — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, Dave Alcorn 
Why would a whale, a mammal that needs access to the surface of the ocean to breathe, live where the ocean is covered in sea ice most of the year? Learn about why belugas need sea ice and join us to celebrate the launch of the Beluga Cam! 
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Week of July 19th-25th: Beluga Bits—Help Collect Data for Conservation

Thursday, July 23rd, 3:00pm Central
Tundra Connections: Beluga Bits—Help Collect Data for Conservation — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, TBD
Beluga Bits is a collaboration between Polar Bears International, Explore.org, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo and Conservancy. Tune in to learn more about the project, goals, why citizen science is important, and how you can get involved and become a citizen scientist yourself!
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Week of July 26th-August 1st: Underwater World: A Closer Look at Belugas Across the Arctic

Thursday, July 30th, 4:00pm Central
Live Chat: What is it like seeing belugas in different places across the Arctic? — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, Dave Alcorn
The belugas that visit the Churchill River estuary are not the only belugas in the North! Belugas visit different places all over the circumpolar north. Hear stories from around the Arctic and learn more more! 
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Week of August 2nd-8th: Canaries of the Sea

Thursday, August 6th, 3:00pm Central
Live Chat: Canaries of the Sea — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, TBD
Learn all about acoustic communication and vocal learning in beluga whales. We will discuss the threats to beluga populations as boat traffic and noise pollution in the Arctic increase, as well as the unique vocalizations heard from the beluga whales which earned them their nickname “Canaries of the Sea.”
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Week of August 9th-15th: Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea & Beluga’s Closest Cousin

Thursday, August 13th, 3:00pm Central
Live Chat: Narwhals of the North — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, Dave Alcorn
Belugas and Narwals are closely related. Both live in incredible environments, among the sea ice in the North. Hear stories about beluga and narwhal sightings and how these two species are both similar and different! 
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Week of August 16th-22nd: Polar Bears and Belugas

Thursday, August 20th, 2:00pm Central
Live Chat: Hudson Bay Above and Below— watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, TBD
Take a glimpse above and below the surface of Hudson Bay. Learn about how belugas and polar bears are similar and different and how they interact with each other as predator and prey. 
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Week of August 23rd-29th: Belugas in the Winter: Where Do They Go?

Thursday, August 27th, 3:00pm Central
Live Chat: Beluga’s in the Winter: Where Do They Go? — watch here
Panelists: Kieran McIver, Dave Alcorn
As the summer season comes to an end in the North it is time to begin to say farewell to the belugas of the Churchill River estuary. But as they begin to depart, where will they go? Learn more about the seasons and what they mean for belugas. 
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Tide Schedule

Weather pending, the beluga boat is out every day from July 15th through early September. Tune in to watch these majestic whales. Take snapshots and help scientists classify whales as part of the Beluga Bits community science project, and don't forget to turn up your audio and listen to the amazing vocalizations made possible through an underwater hydrophone! Add the high tide schedule to your calendar

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