Nuiqsut lands first whales of fall

Crews from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut have landed the first bowheads of the fall whaling season.

The Ipalook Crew, lead by Captain Herbert Ipalook and his wife, Vera, harpooned the first, reportedly a 47-foot, 10-inch female, on Sept. 1.

Word traveled like wildfire on the VHF and Facebook. Village residents hurried down to the shore to help haul up the great agviq, while words of congratulations and exclamations of "Yay Hey Hey!" made the rounds on social media.

Two days later,...

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