Animal News Desk / Cathy Kangas
Published 5:03 pm, Friday, March 23, 2012
I will always remember my trip to Newfoundland, where I saw mother seals give birth on the ice floes. Witnessing nature in the wild is an extraordinary experience, one I will never forget.
Sea Research Foundation, parent of Mystic Aquarium, in partnership with Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Cunningham Inlet in Nunavut, Canada, is currently offering an exclusive vacation package to view wild beluga whales north of the Arctic Circle.
The seven-day "Mystic Week" trip is scheduled for July 20-27 and features a stay at Arctic Watch, a five-star resort and world-class beluga observation site 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. In addition to the whales, guests will view a wide range of birds, Arctic foxes and hares along with other wildlife in their natural habitat. Hiking and kayaking in this unique environment are also available.
Arctic Watch's remote accommodations include 16 private cabins and delicious meals from local producers, including Arctic char, grilled musk ox and barbecued pork tenderloin. Arctic Watch Chef Jeff Stewart is an graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada and has worked for some of Canada's finest dining establishment.
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Dr. Tracy Romano and Dr. Tracey Spoon of Sea Research Foundation will oversee this rare and fascinating expedition. They are two of North America's leading beluga experts. During the trip, they will look at the feasibility for long-term beluga studies in this area, initiate observations and collect data on the hundreds of wild belugas that make Cunningham Inlet their home for six weeks each year.
This would be the trip of a lifetime for any family. For more information, contact Sea Research at 860-572-5955, ext. 338, or visit www.searesearch.org.
If you can't participate in this Arctic adventure, take your family to Mystic Aquarium to see the Arctic Coast exhibit, one of the nation's largest beluga whale habitats. Home to belugas Kela, Naku, Naluark and Juno, visitors can participate in beluga whale encounters and learn about their natural history, current conservation status and considerable challenges. The aquarium's beluga whales are studied in a controlled environment so we can learn more about these extraordinary creatures.
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