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Hayley Shephard pilots the Beluga Boat

Hayley Shephard pilots the Beluga Boat

A Summer Day In Churchill

By Beluga Boat Captain Hayley Shephard

We have long waited the for a summer day in Churchill and it finally arrived in all its splendor on July 28th. Blue sky stretched far across the horizon, mirroring the vastness of the Hudson Bay. The water was like glass, void of waves, not even a single ripple could be seen.

As soon as we were launched and making our way out of the port, whales arrived at our side, immediately surrounding us with their strong and curious presence.T hey glowed like aqua green lanterns, the very same colour you see in the sky when the Northern Lights are dancing.ย  We could see through the water so easily, so clearly. The eyes of the Belugaโ€™s stared back at us, their scars on the skin so easily detected and the glistening light on the body from the sun mesmerized us.

Although the vocalizations are broadcasted live through the internet and not to the boat, we could hear their thrilling calls right through the hull of the boat. One whale vocalized as it was surfacing therefore this music was heard by all in close proximity.

I am privileged to be on the water again, for another season, viewing these magnificent creatures and sharing what I see with friendly folks around the world. Yay, the Beluga Boat is back.

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  • Pansy2

    thanks Hayley. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

    • Brenda Sandefur

      Blends right in to me too Pansy ๐Ÿ˜€ Hi ! โ™ฅ

  • Cloud

    Thank you Hayley, for being our eyes and ears in Churchill! You are phenomenal at what you do and we all reap the benefits of that! :)

  • Brenda Sandefur

    Just seeing this ๐Ÿ˜€ And reading Hayley’s words. ๐Ÿ˜€ just love this gal and her knowledge. I love learning about the Beluga and anything else she tells us ,so many places ,so many animals she knows all about. Thank you !