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.
In the morning, the camp is broken and everything packed again. I take pictures of icebergs and glaciers under different light's conditions.
We cross this very uneven area of sea ice (pack ice), driving the dog sledges along the beach.
The Greenlandic guides climb a small hill to check the ice's conditions and to search for seals.
After the best route is identified, we resume our trip on the dog sledge.
My Greenlandic guide climbs an iceberg to search for seals.
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.
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.
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.