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.

  • Phoques communs © GregTheBusker 2017 / 06 / 16

    Individual Identification Possible, but Far from Easy

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    At the foot of the mountains rising above the Fjord, small groups of harbour seals lie on the rocks. They are observed in their typical "banana" position, in other words, with their head and their rea...

  • Fous de Bassan sur l'île de Bonaventure © East News/Dipanka Sarma/Solent News 2017 / 06 / 09

    Summer Frenzy in the Gulf

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    From a vantage point on Bonaventure Island off the Gaspé Peninsula, a park warden spots two humpback whales on June 7. One of them is small. "A calf," he assumes. The day before, the female humpback ...

  • © GREMM 2017 / 06 / 02

    The capelin are rolling!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    They’re back! Whether it’s in Baie-Comeau on the North Shore, or in Chandler in the Gaspé Peninsula, the capelin are rolling on many of the region’s beaches. With emotion, a fisher...

  • 2017 / 05 / 26

    Spouts, prey and migrations: a few stories

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Off L’Anse-Saint-Georges in the Gaspé, a tour operator observes two spouts on May 24. The mushroom shape leads him to believe that it is two humpbacks. “Just one more week and we’ll...

  • Globicéphales noirs de l'Atlantique, adulte et jeune © David Gaspard/MICS Photos 2017 / 05 / 23

    Strange-looking Dolphins

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Dark skin, long pectoral fins, a round head resembling that of a beluga, and a short beak: the pilot whale does not really have the typical appearance of the more familiar dolphins....

  • Harelde kakawi 2017 / 05 / 12

    Large Rorquals and Ducks by the Thousands

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Not far from Prince Shoal Lighthouse, along a tide rip, "little" birds meet the "giants" of the sea: about ten minke whales and at least three fin whales have been noted here....

  • 2017 / 05 / 08

    Tadoussac: The Whales are Back!

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    For a number of whale cruise operators in the Tadoussac region, the offshore season debuted the last weekend of April. Despite the strong winds that the passengers were up against, “the very fir...

  • Fou de Bassan 2017 / 04 / 28

    Belugas and Gannets Downriver

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    A herd of belugas are swimming in tight formation off Pointe-aux-Outardes; they number about 40. Behind them, flocks of birds take flight near a fishing boat, with wind turbines spinning in the backgr...

  • 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....