Beluga aggregation from the air

Arctic Watch has posted an amazing aerial image of the annual beluga whale aggregation that occurs in the Canadian arctic each year on its Facebook page. To quote Arctic Watch’s Richard Weber:

Every summer about 2,000 beluga whales go to Cunningham inlet in Nunavut to take advantage of the warmer water to molt their skin, nurse their young and socialize. They stay for about one month.

During this period, the whales come very close to shore, sometimes “only a few feet away” from photographers. The aerial image was shot from a Twin Otter aircraft by Gretchen Freund of Arctic Watch.