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 / 07 / 14
Diversity of Species and Behaviours to Discover
"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...
2017 / 06 / 30
A Breath of Fresh Air in Gaspésie
Good news: five newborn humpback whales have been sighted so far off the Gaspé Peninsula: “a figure that is already higher than last summer,” points out a researcher from the Mingan Islan...
2017 / 06 / 26
Minke Whales and Winter Seals in the Middle of Summer… followed by News from Afield Map!
“Good thing we at least have them!” joke several captains and naturalists from the Tadoussac – Les Escoumins region, referring to the numerous minke whales and the absence of large rorqu...
2017 / 06 / 16
Individual Identification Possible, but Far from Easy
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...
2017 / 06 / 09
Summer Frenzy in the Gulf
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 ...
2017 / 06 / 02
The capelin are rolling!
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
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...
2017 / 05 / 23
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....
2017 / 05 / 12
Large Rorquals and Ducks by the Thousands
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!
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...