Ocean Ports of Call

Bylot Island - Canada, Nunavut Highlights:
Navy Board Inlet, Bird Sanctuary, Polar Bears
The glacier-covered Bylot Island lies at the entrance to Lancaster Sound near the northeast corner of Baffin Island. It is separated from Baffin Island by Pond Inlet to the south, Eclipse Sound to the southwest, and Navy Board Inlet to the west and covers an area of 11,067 square kilometers (4,273 square miles). The island has a very rugged coast, and mountainous interior with many glaciers and has been an important hunting area for the Inuit for the past 4,000 years. It was discovered by Robert Bylot in 1616, the English navigator and explorer who was one of the first Europeans to enter what became known as Hudson Bay.

Although this was an important whaling area in the late 1800s, there are no communities on the island. The closest community is Pond Inlet. Claimed by Canada in 1906, the entire island is now a conservation area, the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary and part of Sirmilik National Park. Over 50 species of birds inhabit the island, including about 320,000 Thick-billed Murres and 50,000 Black-legged Kittiwakes that nest on the sheer cliffs along the northeastern coast in particular. A plateau in the southwestern interior supports a nesting population of about 75,000 Greater Snow Geese. Up to 150 polar bears live on the island in the summer, as well as 20 other species of land and marine mammals living on or around the island

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