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 / 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...
2017 / 04 / 28
Belugas and Gannets Downriver
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…
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!”
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....