July 17 – Since arriving yesterday we have been opening boxes and packing out. At the first part of the field campaign we will be using two types of tags: GPS fastloc satellite transmitters, that will allow us to follow the movements of the narwhals, and AcousondeTM acoustic sensors that in addition to sound also record acceleration in 3D and depth. From these data we will get a very detailed picture of the behaviour of the narwhals in Scoresbysund fjord. All we need now are some whales!
The camp in Hjørnedal, East Greenland, is now inhabited with two biologists (Outi Tervo and Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen) and four assistents plus several Greenlandic hunters from the village of Scoresby Sound. There is hectic activity with preparing instruments for narwhals, that could be here anytime, with maintenance and improvements of the 8 year old camp site.
Within a Day or two we should be ready for the first capturing operations.
July 18 – A big and fragile iceberg has parked just outside the camp. Last night it was cracking and rolling releasing huge chunks of ice accompanied by massive waves. For the sake of our boats and the hunters nets, we hope that it will soon sail off.
Instruments are ready to go. Everyone in Hjørnedal is waiting – still going about their daily business but at the same time looking out to the sea. In order to pass the time, the camp is being improved by big and small building projects. We also started the trout fisheries and the catch of today, a shiny Arctic char, is getting tenderly smoked as I write.