Beluga Whales are the most common near Coral Harbour. These beautiful white whales are believed to be primitive dolphins. Their predators are Killer Whales and humans. Their skin is a delicacy among Inuit.
Bowhead Whales are sometimes spotted in the northern tip of Southampton Island, reaching lengths of 20 m and weighing about 50 tons. Bowheads were commercially hunted by the European whalers since the 17th Century but have rapidly declined in numbers and can no longer be hunted in Canada. On occasion, Inuit have been allowed to hunt Bowhead Whales to preserve their traditions.
The Narwhal, often called the unicorn because of its long spiral tusk, is rarely spotted in the northern Hudson’s Bay.