Amazing 360 View of Inuit Mussel Harvest Under the Ice

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 21st, 2017 Last Updated on: March 21st, 2017

Would you risk going under the ice?

The New York Times recently posted an article about the adventures of harvesting mussels under the ice, something the Inuit in the village of Kangiqsujuaq know quite a bit about.

But in the coldest months, when the ice is thickest, some venture beneath the ice to gather mussels. Every two weeks the pull of the moon combines with the geography of this region to create unusually large tides. The water falls as much as 55 feet in some places, emptying the bay under the ice along the shore for an hour or more. That’s when some Inuit climb aboard their snowmobiles and head out onto the bay.

What's really cool about this article is they take a special camera to get a 360 degree view of the harvest.

Just drag your mouse around the image and you'll get a pretty neat view of the surroundings:

Cool right?

BBC's Human Planet show also featured the harvest on one of their episodes a few years back.

Nothing but respect for this crew!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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