In 1852, in search of the lost Franklin expedition, the French Arctic explorer Lieutenant Joseph René Bellot spent time in the bay and its surrounds.
It is filled with the skeletons and bones of several hundred beluga left by whalers. Many hunters died on whaling expeditions.
- ^ Bellot, Joseph Renbe (1855). Jean Baptiste Julien Lemer (ed.). Memoirs of Lieutenant Joseph Renbe Bellot ...: With His Journal of a Voyage in the Polar Seas, in Search of Sir John Franklin. 2. National Art Library (Great Britain). Forster Collection (Digitized March 24, 2006 ed.). Hurst and Blackett. pp. 5, 6, 280, 287, 304, 327, 328, 334.