With the Belugas: Week of October 2, 2017

  • Il ne reste qu'une semaine à la saison de terrain 2017. / Only one week left to the 2017 field season. © GREMM
    11 / 10 / 2017 Par Équipe du Bleuvet

    A difficult autumn…

    For the past two weeks, the weather has not been on our side. A significant number of days of field work were cut short due to the fog and, even when the latter lifted, the wind soon became too strong to take photos or biopsies.

    A successful biopsy! © GREMM

    Despite everything, we did luck out with a few nice days, notably in the downstream area in the vicinity of Île aux Pommes and Île aux Basques. We encountered herds of roughly sixty individuals, mainly adults and juveniles. Among them were several animals with distinctive markings from which we were able to take biopsy samples.

    For our last week in the field for 2017, we cross our fingers that Mother Nature will cooperate and help us finish the season on a positive note.

     

     

    Preliminary identifications of the past two weeks

    Dl9038 Leucas
    Dl9046
    Dl9031 Dorothy
    Dl0169 Blanchon
    Dl1355 Pacalou
    Dl1508
    Dl0021 Yogi
    Dl1396 Aquabelle
    Dl0030 Athéna
     The complete list of identified belugas requires meticulous efforts to match individuals, which will be undertaken once the field season has come to a close.

    Property of the GREMM and the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology, the Bleuvet is a research boat dedicated to the research program on St. Lawrence belugas. Managed by GREMM scientific director Robert Michaud, the Bleuvet crew is composed of Michel Moisan and Tim Perrero.