Polar bears feast on beluga calves trapped in Hudson Bay ice

An Inuit hunter tells CBC News he encountered the aftermath of a beluga calf slaughter by polar bears on the ice of southern Hudson Bay in Canada.

Peter Kattuk is a hunter from Sanikiluaq. He came across the beluga whales while he was hunting polar bears about 100 kilometres southeast of the community.

Kattuk says most of the dead whales were calves that had been pulled to the surface.

"Some are still in the breathing hole but there was about 20 dead belugas on the ice that were killed by the polar bears," he said.

He says he harvested eight more belugas and another 20 were still using the breathing hole when he left. He had to shoot one polar bear. Read more: Polar bears kill young belugas trapped in ice