News from Afield
Throughout the seasons, stories from patient observers, passionate researchers and experienced captains and naturalists from all across maritime Quebec.
2018 / 01 / 19
Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore
The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external...
2018 / 01 / 11
White Spouts in a White Landscape
On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her ...
2018 / 01 / 09
The humpbacks of Mazatlan… by René Roy
Thursday, January 4, 2018: while a weather bomb is pummelling Quebec, I have an appointment at 7:30 in the morning with Oscar Guzon of Onca Explorations in Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I ...
2017 / 12 / 21
Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives
The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings an...
2017 / 12 / 14
Rediscover a summer holiday spot in a frozen but still inhabited setting
After long hours spent this past summer scanning the open sea for whales and pointing them out to visitors, an employee of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) sets foot in Tadoussac for the...
2017 / 12 / 06
Tips and Tricks for Recognizing Species
“On December 3, I spotted two whales off Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé,” writes in one observer, delighted to be seeing whales in December. What species could it be? Not such a simple questio...
2017 / 12 / 04
Patience, they’re still around
The week goes by and with each passing day we receive more sightings from our network of collaborators throughout Quebec. Just like watching marine mammals, reporting for News from Afield requires pat...
2017 / 11 / 30
What kind of seal is that?
One observer reported a seal carcass found in Cacouna to the Marine Mammals Emergencies call centre. What species is it? Here is a brief guide to identify the most common species of pinnipeds found in...
2017 / 11 / 23
Were whales affected by those squalls that pummelled the North Shore?
On November 17, gusts of up to 90 km/h whipped across the shores of the Côte-Nord region. The raging, whitecap-speckled St. Lawrence seems like a dangerous, inhospitable environment. ...
2017 / 11 / 17
Return of Winter Seals
Nordic visitors were spotted last weekend in the Gaspé as well as in the Bellechasse region upstream of the Estuary. One was a hooded seal and the other was a harp seal, both of adult size. Observers...