Field notes

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  • 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 / 14

    Whale soup…by Josiane Cabana

    Par Josiane Cabana / Field notes

    Monday morning, August 7. My vacation kicks off and pushes me to the opposite coastline, in the direction of the Gaspé Peninsula. I take this opportunity to visit René Roy, a contributor to the Ming...

  • 2017 / 07 / 27

    Investigation in the Marine Park!

    Par Mathieu Marzelière / Field notes

    It all begins on the morning of July 10, 2017, a rather ordinary day. The weather is fairly mild, visibility is at its max, and the St. Lawrence looks like a sheet of glass. In short, we had the perfe...

  • 2017 / 07 / 26

    A great show in Gaspesie… by René Roy

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    When you take a whale-watching trip, you need to be lucky to observe a breaching session. To watch two such shows from two different humpbacks in a single afternoon is nothing less than a privilege. O...

  • 2017 / 07 / 19

    In Pursuit of the Fin Whale

    Par Sophie Bédard / Field notes

    Last July 13, 2017, I spent my day on the water in search of large rorquals to photograph. The weather was conducive to observing marine mammals: calm water, no fog and a bright sun. And yet, there wa...

  • 2017 / 07 / 19

    My Most Faithful Humpback

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    According to data provided by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, the humpback whale H626 (MICS catalogue number) – known as Boom Boom River (BBR) in the Mingan and Gaspé sectors and Gaspar in the Es...

  • 2017 / 07 / 14

    Who am I?

    Par Mathieu Marzelière / Field notes

    Teeming with marine life, the St. Lawrence Estuary is a wonderful place. As a research assistant at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals, I have the opportunity to observe many atypi...

  • 2017 / 07 / 12

    With the belugas: Week of June 26, 2017

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga-en / Field notes

    Belugas of Baie Sainte-Marguerite Baie Sainte-Marguerite is probably one of the most enigmatic places within the St. Lawrence beluga population’s summer range. This is the belugas’ “...

  • 2017 / 07 / 06

    Are there any beluga nurseries in the St. Lawrence?

    Par Jaclyn Aubin / Field notes

    Topic of my Master’s project: Investigation of Allomothering in St. Lawrence Belugas For a long time, studies of cetaceans were restricted by the limited views offered by research vessels and la...

  • 2017 / 06 / 30

    With the Belugas: Week of June 19, 2017

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Beluga-en / Field notes

    Rolling the Dice After a first week spent in the upstream sector on the north shore side, the week of June 19 unfolded mostly in the company of belugas frequenting the Saguenay River and its mouth. St...