LIFE UNDER THE WATER

Disko Bay is never quiet! Icebergs crack and ships sail by making sounds. The bay is also a true marine mammal hotspot and all the different species of seals and whales make sound. Listen to the LIVE recording from Disko Bay – what can you hear?
 

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JUN-SEP

MINKE WHALE

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JUN-SEP

HUMPBACK WHALE

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JAN-APR

BELUGA WHALE

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JAN-APR

NARWHALE

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ringedseal

DEC-MAY

RINGED SEAL

The ringed seal with their distinctive fur with light grey rings is found across the Arctic.
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By William Halliday

bearded-seal

DEC-MAY

BEARDED SEAL

The bearded seal, characterized by its long whiskers, can be heard in Disko Bay from February to May. 
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By William Halliday

minke-whale

JUN-SEP

MINKE WHALE

The minke whale, a frequent visitor to the waters of Qeqertarsuaq during summer, is the smallest of the baleen whales.
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humpback-whale

JUN-SEP

HUMPBACK WHALE

The humpback whale can be recognized by their long pectoral fins and knobbly head, and are famous for their singing.
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By Marianne Rasmussen

Greenland-whale

JAN-MAY

BOWHEAD WHALE

The bowhead whale is characterized by its curved jaw and lack of dorsal fin. Disko Bay is one the most important aggregation sites for these whales.
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By Outi Tervo

Fin-Whale

JUN-SEP

FIN WHALE

The fin whale, the second-largest whale species, can be recognized by its sleek, streamlined body and unique asymmetrical jaw coloring.
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By Malene Simon Hegelund

beluga

JAN-APR

BELUGA WHALE 

The beluga whale is known for its distinct all-white color. They are also called the “canaries of the sea” due to their rich vocal repertoire.
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By Outi Tervo

Narwhale

JAN-APR

NARWHAL

The narwhal with its long, spiral tusk, which is actually an elongated tooth, can dive down to more than 1 km in search of prey.
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By Susanna Blackwell

isbjerg

JAN-APR

JAN-DEC

ICEBERG

The massive icebergs stemming from Ilulissat icefjord can both be seen and heard in Disko Bay throughout the year.

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JAN-DEC

FISHERY VESSEL

Disko Bay area is home to 30 % of Greenlands inhabitants. Fishery vessels, cargo ships, and the local hunters boats can be heard sailing most days – if ice permits free passage!

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About

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DISKO Live! project, captures the Arctic underwater soundscape in Disko Bay, Greenland, providing insights into marine mammal behaviour, ambient noise levels and climate change effects. This collaborative project combines scientific research with public outreach.

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