News from Afield

Throughout the seasons, stories from patient observers, passionate researchers and experienced captains and naturalists from all across maritime Quebec.

  • 2017 / 09 / 15

    Movement of Prey Conditions that of Whales

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Observation of the week

    A text from Sonia Villalon Every species has its preferences in terms of prey and this week’s observations are proof: The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team observed several large whales t...

  • 2017 / 09 / 13

    H277, a.k.a. “Tingley”

    Par Audrey Tawel-Thibert / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, September 15, 2017 The arrival of a female humpback accompanied by a first-year calf intrigued captains and naturalists: after doing a little homework,...

  • 2017 / 09 / 07

    B082, or “Crinkle”

    Par Audrey Tawel-Thibert / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, September 8, 2017 A blue whale with withered skin was spotted on August 26 in the Marine Park: Crinkle is back! Unsurprisingly, this name refers to t...

  • 2017 / 09 / 07

    Movement in the St. Lawrence

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This seems to be the best way to describe the whale season to date. Several humpback whales, possibly as many as in past years, have come to pay a visit to the Estuary. What is different this summer i...

  • Rorquals communs 2017 / 09 / 06

    In Groups or Alone?

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “Harbour porpoises are everywhere, every day,” reports a collaborator from Franquelin. These cetaceans, which measure 1 to 2 m long, are nearly impossible to count, as they are numerous a...

  • Baleine noire vue à la dérive le 23 juin 2017, un vieux mâle connu depuis 1980 © NOAA 2017 / 09 / 05

    A Summer Overshadowed by Right Whale Mortalities

    Par Josiane Cabana / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    The Marine Mammal Emergencies call centre has already handled nearly 200 cases and just over 350 calls this year. ...

  • 2017 / 09 / 01

    Narwhal (Monodon monceros)

    Par Maureen Jouglain / Whale portraits

    Whale Portraits: Vol. 16, Issue 10 For this issue, we push the boundaries of the typical Whale Portraits content on the occasion of the confirmed presence of a special visitor: the stray narwhal spott...

  • 2017 / 08 / 28

    With the Belugas: Week of August 21, 2017

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Field notes

    August 21: The Bleuvet is stationed off of L’Anse-à-la-Boule. The weather is particularly calm. Amidst the last patches of fog lingering on the Fjord, a beluga appears, exhibiting a peculiar be...

  • 2017 / 08 / 27

    B103, a.k.a. “Chameau”

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Whale portraits

    Taken from Whales Portrait, August 25, 2017 A text by Audrey Tawel-Thibert The famous Chameau (B103) is back! Recognizable at first glance, this female suffers from a lordosis-like deformity character...

  • Le narval se trouvait encore auprès de bélugas le 20 aout 2017 / 08 / 27

    Narwhal Still Amongst St. Lawrence Belugas

    Par Robert Michaud / Beluga / Observation of the week

    At a time when identity and immigration issues are tormenting Quebec and the rest of the planet, a fresh wind is blowing across the St. Lawrence. The stray young narwhal observed last summer in the St...