Updated: Canadian Inuit embark on first bowhead hunt in over a century

August 15, 2011 

Update: Iqaluit's whale hunters needed just a few hours to find and kill their first bowhead whale, reports CBC.

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Inuit hunters in Iqaluit, capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, embarked this morning on what residents are calling their first bowhead whale hunt in more than 100 years. Two other eastern Arctic communities also were granted a single bowhead each this year by the Canadian government, reports CBC News.

Weather conditions cooperated Monday morning as six boats, each carrying about four hunters, departed from Frobisher Bay.

A crowd of spectators, including Mayor Madeleine Redfern and family members and friends of the hunters, saw off the hunters at the Iqaluit breakwater.

Glenn Williams, a wildlife adviser with Inuit land-claim organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said the hunters have a good chance of success.

"What they'll do is they'll have spotters out in different areas, spotting and looking, and everybody's in communication by CB radio," Williams told CBC News.

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