Seal hunting pictures from Inuit hunters in Greenland

20 April 2007

Because of the open water in front of us, we drive back on Murchison sund, up to the ghost town of Qeqertarsuaq on Herbert island. During the trip, the Inuit guides hunt for seals catching several of them, as they normally do when there are no tourists.

Icebergs Icebergs
In the morning, the camp is broken and everything packed again. I take pictures of icebergs and glaciers under different light's conditions.

 

Pack ice Pack ice, Greenland
Pack Ice, Thule Pack ice in the Arctic
We cross this very uneven area of sea ice (pack ice), driving the dog sledges along the beach.

 

Dogs

 

The Greenlandic guides climb a small hill to check the ice's conditions and to search for seals.

 

Inuit driving a dog sledge over pack ice
After the best route is identified, we resume our trip on the dog sledge.

 

Iceberg
My Greenlandic guide climbs an iceberg to search for seals.

 

Inuit hunters driving a dog sledge in Greenland Inuit hunters driving a dog sledge in Greenland

 

Because of the white covering everything like a blanket, a seal can be easily identified even by naked eye, many hundreds of meters away.The Greenlandic hunters prepare themselves for an hunting trip, as they normally do when there are no tourists.

 

Seal hunt in Greenland Seal hunting in Greenland
The gun is secured on a pod and hidden behind a white screen, masking the Inuit hunter too. Sleds and tourists are left at about 1km of distance, to keep the noise at minimum.
Greenlandic hunter Inuit hunter
The Greenlandic hunter walks towards the seal... ...trying to get as close as possible.
Seal hunting Seal hunters
If the seal doesn't hear him, it is relatively easy to shot and hit the animal. Normally, the seals are hunt near their breathing holes on the sea's ice.
Red snow Killed seal
Red snow. The seal is then loaded on the dogsledge, below the passenger's seat.
Killed seal On the left, a seal loaded on the dog sledge.

 

Seal processing Seal processing
Seal processing in Greenland Seal processing in Greenland
Soon, we reach the ghost town of Qeqertarsuaq, to process the seal in order to get food for ourselves and the dogs. Unused parts of the animals will be carried to Qaanaaq, for further processing.

 

Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Qeqertarsuaq Qeqertarsuaq
Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
The ghost town of Qeqertarsuaq on Herbert island was abandoned during the '90s, because of too few pepole in a too remote place (they moved to bigger towns).

 

We sleep in the abandoned school with adjacent church, where there are many books and magazines previously used by the inhabitants. There was also some canned food, expired more than 10 years ago.

 

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