There’s nothing a few beluga whales can’t fix!

By Meghan Overdeep
July 17, 2020
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We’re just going to come right out and say it: you could use more beluga whales in your life. Squishy, affectionate, and surprisingly chatty, these impossibly cute mammals are the perfect antidote to these challenging times.

So, say hello to your new quarantine activity: a live, underwater beluga whale cam operated by Polar Bears International (PBI) and Explore.org.

This is the eighth summer this camera—positioned on a boat in the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada—has been in operation. This year, however, beluga boat captain Kieran McIver will be participating in scheduled live chats so you can learn everything there is to know about these gregarious whales.

Pro tip: Make sure you turn the volume up so you can experience the whales “speaking” through a series of high-pitched clicks, chirps, grunts, clangs, screeches, and whistles. There’s a reason they’re called the sea canary!

Thanks to its prime location, this underwater camera provides no shortage of entertainment. According to Polar Bear International, thousands of beluga whales travel to the Churchill River estuary (which flows into Hudson Bay) to feed, molt, and give birth to their calves in the safety of the shallow waters during the summer months.

To tune in, visit the beluga page on Explore.org. You can also catch the excitement on YouTube. We also recommend checking out the high tide schedule for a rundown on the live chats limed up between now and early September.

See you under the sea!