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 / 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...
2017 / 10 / 25
Little Hitchhikers on Big Travellers and a Horde of Dolphins
Large golden-brown spots can be seen when a fin whale appears – for example, one of the eight individuals observed on October 22 by Jacques Gélineau, collaborator for the Nordic Institute for Envir...
2017 / 10 / 20
The Porpoise that Thought It Was a Beluga
On October 13, in the heart of the Marine Park, a harbour porpoise surprises observers with its whitish colour recalling that of a beluga. A white porpoise was also photographed in the Estuary back in...
2017 / 10 / 13
Whale Season Draws to a Close
Parks Canada’s land-based observation sites adjacent to the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park are closing down for the season; meanwhile, the naturalists who work there are returning to their wi...
2017 / 10 / 05
Etched in Our Memories
“Extraordinary,” exclaims a Franquelin-based collaborator while watching in awe as a minke whale leaps into the air. It repeats the stunt four times. Each time, it lands on its back in a d...
2017 / 09 / 28
Big Loafers and Sea Torpedoes
Almost nonchalantly, a basking shark glides by the boat of a resident of Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé. Its high dorsal fin betrays the animal lurking beneath the surface. Measuring 10 m long, the baski...
2017 / 09 / 27
Up Close or From Afar
Early in the morning of September 17, under an overcast sky and in glassy seas, two observers from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts are keeping their eyes peeled for the movements of two humpback whales. Despite...
2017 / 09 / 15
Movement of Prey Conditions that of Whales
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...