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 / 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 / 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...

  • 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...

  • 2017 / 08 / 22

    Detective for a day

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Whales reveal just a tiny fraction of their bodies before quickly disappearing again, leaving observers puzzled as to who they are. Fortunately, there are a few clues to guide us. For those observing ...

  • Troupeau de rorquals communs © GREMM 2017 / 08 / 14

    A Week of Questions and Surprises!

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    On August 9, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team sets out on the water, taking advantage of a lull. The day is a productive one: the crew encounters three fin whales near the western tip of A...

  • 2017 / 08 / 08

    Familiar Whales, Satisfied Observers

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “This summer has been a busy one in Sept-Îles!” exclaims a resident observer from Gallix, near Sept-Îles. Since 1989, he has spent much of his time on the water in search of whales and w...

  • Épaulard du Pacifique © Miles Ritter (Creative Commons) 2017 / 07 / 28

    Intriguing Observations

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    "Is it possible to see a killer whale in Saint-Siméon in the Charlevoix region?", asks a camper who notices a cetacean "with a white spot at the base of its long dorsal fin" on July 24. Killer whales...

  • 2017 / 07 / 24

    Searching for Whales to Research

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Photo-identifying the minke whales of the Estuary is one of the objectives of the team at Mériscope, which is based in Portneuf-sur-Mer. What makes for an ideal photo to recognize these whales? A cle...

  • 2017 / 07 / 14

    Diversity of Species and Behaviours to Discover

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    "They come here to eat."... a phrase often repeated by captains and naturalists from the get-go when speaking to the public about migratory whales arriving from the Atlantic to spend the summer months...