Once bitten, twice shy! In the Far North, these intelligent mammals are wary of human beings. Whales have been hunted in the Arctic for thousands of years, with commercial whaling beginning in the 1500s. We know where they feed. We establish whale watches. When we spot them, we are careful to approach in a none-threatening manner. We want you to see whales in their natural habitat. Orcas - killer whales- feed in the waters around Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Greenland. Beluga feed in the Canadian Arctic and in the waters surrounding Franz Josef Land. The endangered Blue Whale has been seen off Spitsbergen and Southern Greenland.