Arctic Cod

…we found the boat’s crew amusing themselves catching sillocks, of which they had discovered great numbers left by the tide in pools upon the rocks, and had already caught more than a large bucket full. They proved most excellent eating.

Place: Southampton Island/Cape Welsford
Date: August 16, 1821
Source: Parry WE. 1823. Journals of the first second and third voyage for the discovery of the North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in 1819–20–21–22–23–24–25, in his Majesty’s ships Hecla, Griper and Fury, under the orders of Capt. W. E. Parry, R.N.F.R.S. and commander of the expedition, vol. 3. London: John Murray, Albermarle Street.

Arctic Cod and Belugas

…we observed an innumerable quantity of the little fish called sillock, swimming about, several of which were killed by the boat-hooks or taken in the hand. A great number of white whales, seals, and narwhals, were also playing about near the beach during the night. The white whales were most numerous; the noise these animals made resembled a hoarse low-toned barking more than any other to which I can compare it; and we remarked that their colour was whiter than any we had before seen.

Place: Southampton Island/Cape Welsford
Date: August 16, 1821
Source: Parry WE. 1823. Journals of the first second and third voyage for the discovery of the North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in 1819–20–21–22–23–24–25, in his Majesty’s ships Hecla, Griper and Fury, under the orders of Capt. W. E. Parry, R.N.F.R.S. and commander of the expedition, vol. 3. London: John Murray, Albermarle Street.