October 2018

  • 2018 / 10 / 30

    A Sperm Whale in Front of the Dunes of Tadoussac…By Renaud Pintiaux

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    Gloomy weather, but the river is calm on this October 29th as I embark on the Grand Fleuve for a whale-watching excursion. Shortly after we leave, we start seeing a few minke whales around the mouth...

  • Humpback whales are still being observed these days. © René Roy (archives) 2018 / 10 / 25

    Fewer Eyes on the Water, but Whales Remain

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Can killer whales be seen in Gaspé Bay?” asks a kayaker out at sea with a group near Grande-Grave, off the Gaspé Peninsula. Maybe! Killer whales are occasional visitors to the Gulf, and...

  • 2018 / 10 / 25

    Belugas in Aquariums: a Brief History

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Issues

    Follow us on a journey that will take you from the St. Lawrence to Vancouver via Russia, New York and Ottawa, to understand our history with belugas in aquariums. St. Lawrence: source of the first cap...

  • 2018 / 10 / 24

    Are there krill in the wintertime?

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Yes, there are krill in the St. Lawrence in the wintertime. According to a recent study by Dr. Yvan Simard and Nathalie Roy from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the abundance of krill, in fact, was the h...

  • 2018 / 10 / 24

    Ocean School: The Future of Ocean Literacy

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / On the calendar

    Dive deep into the vast blue ocean with turtles, whales and fish right from the convenience of your home or classroom with Ocean School. Let your curiosity guide your adventure as you explore the rich...

  • 2018 / 10 / 18

    Beluga Bonanza

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Observation of the week

    Yesterday a visitor at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) saw several belugas across the Saguenay Fjord through light flurries. “We saw at least 15-20 of them”, she said. The same day,...

  • 2018 / 10 / 16

    How do whales go on long dives? 

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Whales are marine mammals that dive for various reasons, such as: feeding and mating. Their prey are found at varying depths under the water and depending on where in the water column that is, whales ...

  • 2018 / 10 / 16

    Whales with Different Methods of Filtering

    Par Béatrice Riché / Discoveries

    Baleen refers to the stiff plates of keratin that hang off the upper jaw of some whales, more precisely mysticetes… but is all baleen alike? Of course not! The size and shape of baleen and how i...

  • 2018 / 10 / 15

    What Do Whales Do at Night?

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Questions from the public

    A curtain closes, night takes over the sky and during its quiet advance the frantic pace of the cities tapers off. But what happens in the St. Lawrence when darkness arrives? What do whales do during ...

  • 2018 / 10 / 12

    Red Foliage and Colourful Backs

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The cruise ship Narval III of the whale-watching company Croisières Baie de Gaspé docked for the last time on October 11, and it was not because of a lack of whales. “It must have been -5oC ou...