Observation of the week

Round-up of sightings from our precious collaborators who scan the waters of the Estuary and Gulf in summer and winter alike.

  • 2017 / 04 / 20

    WHITE, BLACK, BLUE, GRAY ANIMALS…

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Belugas, blue whales, humpbacks, minke whales, three species of seals … the variety of marine mammals seen in the past month keeps growing! Spouts around Gaspé In the early morning hours of Ap...

  • 2017 / 04 / 12

    “My first whales of the season!”

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    These same words were on the lips of a number of observers! Here they are, back in the St. Lawrence after spending the last few months in other parts of the world....

  • 2017 / 04 / 10

    Three Baritone Rorquals

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Three spouts appear and remain suspended on the horizon for a few seconds. Having been tipped off, our Franquelin-based collaborator grabs her binoculars to try and find out what species of whale is o...

  • 2017 / 04 / 03

    Fresh crab at the counters: a telltale sign

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The snow crab season is underway, which is synonymous with the start of the “crab dinner” season. For some, this is THE sign of spring. In the early morning hours of March 29, before firs...

  • Deux bernaches cravants 2017 / 03 / 23

    A Breath of Spring

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    These lovely spring days, with their radiant sunshine and mild temperatures, inspired several observers to scan the shores of the St. Lawrence last weekend in search of signs of life offshore... on th...

  • Percé 2017 / 03 / 17

    Observation Round-up, from the Estuary to the Gulf

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Winter is a relatively calm period for marine mammal enthusiasts. Nevertheless, many observers stare out to sea, constantly on the lookout. What have they seen of late?...

  • 2017 / 03 / 10

    Whitecaps and Blue Mountain at the Water Surface

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    February 28: from his "lookout" – i.e. the porch of his house – a member of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) team in Tadoussac spots two belugas at the mouth of the Fjord and calls h...

  • © GREMM 2017 / 03 / 06

    Visiting Blue Whale in Godbout

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    On February 23, off the village of Godbout, a large rorqual approaches the coast. This collaborator manages to snap a few shots of the animal and sends them to the Marine Mammal Research and Education...

  • © Robert Michaud 2017 / 02 / 24

    Copious Meal for Two Blue Whales

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Their gaping mouth expands like an accordion thanks to the skin folds of the throat and belly, while their baleen retain a phenomenal amount of krill. Such is the description of the hearty meal consum...

  • 2017 / 02 / 20

    A Mysterious Tail

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    On February 4, a resident in the Godbout region on the North Shore captures on film the tail of a humpback whale. He sends this photo to the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) ...