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.
2018 / 01 / 19
Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore
The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external...
2018 / 01 / 11
White Spouts in a White Landscape
On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her ...
2017 / 12 / 21
Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives
The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings an...
2017 / 12 / 14
Rediscover a summer holiday spot in a frozen but still inhabited setting
After long hours spent this past summer scanning the open sea for whales and pointing them out to visitors, an employee of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) sets foot in Tadoussac for the...
2017 / 12 / 06
Tips and Tricks for Recognizing Species
“On December 3, I spotted two whales off Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé,” writes in one observer, delighted to be seeing whales in December. What species could it be? Not such a simple questio...
2017 / 12 / 04
Patience, they’re still around
The week goes by and with each passing day we receive more sightings from our network of collaborators throughout Quebec. Just like watching marine mammals, reporting for News from Afield requires pat...
2017 / 11 / 23
Were whales affected by those squalls that pummelled the North Shore?
On November 17, gusts of up to 90 km/h whipped across the shores of the Côte-Nord region. The raging, whitecap-speckled St. Lawrence seems like a dangerous, inhospitable environment. ...
2017 / 11 / 17
Migrants Prolonging their Season
At first glance, the St. Lawrence in November appears to be devoid of life. Apart from merchant ships and ferries, few boats are still plying the waters here. But observers who brave the cold and pace...
2017 / 11 / 09
When Birds Take Advantage of Whales to Feed
An impressive scar forms zebra-like stripes on the right flank of one of the three fin whales seen off Tadoussac this week. The female Zipper is here. When she was first encountered back in 1994, she ...
2017 / 11 / 02
Minke Whales, from the Arctic to the St. Lawrence to the Tropic of Cancer
This past week, it has been mostly minke whales that have been observed. About fifteen of them have been at the mouth of the Saguenay. They surface with a loud crash, snatching up in a single gulp any...