Day 3 - 7 / Bay near Cape Wrangel, Wrangel base
We will spend these days in Wrangel Bay watching bowhead whales and killer whales. The bowhead whale lives in the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean and always stays on the edge of the ice (the population numbers more than 20,000 individuals), but a separate, southernmost population lives in the Sea of Okhotsk: which numbers only 300-400 individuals. Whales come to the Bay for communication (socialization), for molting (they itch on rocks and each other and shed old skin), and also to hide in shallow water from carnivorous killer whales. Interestingly, bowhead whales in the Arctic Ocean do not molt.
In the bay we will have SUPs (inflatable swimming boards) that we can use to approach the animals. We will also set up photo traps in the taiga and see who gets caught. Last year it was bears, foxes, reindeer, sika deer and even a tiger.
Along the bay we can walk along trekking routes and watch whales from the rocks.
In the evenings, team biologists Tim Tripp will give interesting lectures about marine mammals.
Bathhouse every day.