Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seal Hunting and Clam Digging ...

For a landlubber like me (Lorraine), it has been fun living in a sea port and getting used to how that affects life. A lot of life in Iqaluit revolves around the sea -- skidooing on the ice in winter, boating in summer, hunting on the water or ice all year round, and paying attention to the incredible tides (second highest in Canada, after Bay of Fundy).

This past week I had a chance to get out and enjoy the sea, going on a seal hunt and clam digging. My friend Juan and I tagged along for the day with a local hunter, Nujalia, and his wife, Diane. We spent 12 hours out on the bay (having to time our outing according to the tides), most of the time on the ocean hunting for seals. We stopped for a while to dig for nice big clams, and later pulled onto shore for a seal feast. It was a fantastic day. And who knew that seal intestines tasted like calamari!

Here are some pictures from that day:


Getting ready to leave


Our boat captain, Nujalia the seal hunter


Diane


Clam digging


The fruits of our clam digging labours


Ring Seal Feast! Yummy!


More feasting and hanging out...


Juan and stoney faced friend...


Coming home through the ice

2 comments:

Adam said...

Hi, we're seriously considering moving to Iqaluit this fall. I've found a suprising lack of info on living costs there. Any info you could give me re: rent, grocery and electrical costs would be very appreciated.
Adam (gxjnw@stu.ca)

Way Way Up said...

I absolutely LOVE clams. I could get them quite regularly when I was teaching in Qikiqtarjuaq. Its northern delicacy greatly missed by my palate.