Belugas were first seen on the 21 March reconnaissance survey along the shore lead off the east coast of Devon Island (Fig.
Date Sighting rate (#/km) 20 March 93 0.00 21 March 93 A 0.73 B 0.26 23 March 93 0.02 24 March 93 C 0.06 25 March 93 D 0.15 E 0.16 26 March 93 0.34 Total 0.22 No belugas were seen along the Ellesmere Island shore lead or along most of the Greenland shore lead (Fig.
On 26 March, observers saw a total of 135 belugas during the reconnaissance survey of the shore lead east and south of Devon Island (Fig.
A total of 13 walruses, either alone or in small groups, were seen dispersed throughout the survey area from the ice of southern Ellesmere Island to the shore lead of southeastern Devon Island.
Most belugas were observed along the shore leads off southeastern Devon Island and in the polynya at the mouth of Jones Sound.