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Video: Courtesy of Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

On Canada’s Somerset Island, some 2,000 beluga whales visit the pristine arctic environment of Cunningham Inlet each summer for about four weeks. The animals come to the inlet to nurse their young and molt their skin in the relatively warm water of the Cunningham River. The congregation of beluga whales here is unique — as nowhere in the world do hundreds of whales gather so consistently, every year, where they can be observed, so easily by humans.

The area is also home to many muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, caribou, a large variety of marine and land birds, and the terrain offers easy passage to both hikers and sea kayakers.

The Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, located only a 15 minute walk from the beluga whale’s favorite meeting place, is a permanent wilderness resort that offers hotel-like accommodations in a remote setting and provides an all-encompassing Arctic safari. In the High Arctic, an environmentally fragile area, the lodge strives to make as little an impact on their environment as possible. And has created the Arctic Watch Beluga Foundation (AWBF) with the mission to ensure a future for the beluga whales of Cunningham Inlet through supporting scientific research at Arctic Watch.