October 17: offshore foray out of Tadoussac. Near Prince Shoal, we first cross paths with several minke whales feeding near the surface, followed by a group of close to 200 gray seals.

All of a sudden, a crew member spots a flock of birds in the distance; indeed, there seems to be a lot of activity in the area. As we approach we begin to realize the obvious: we are in the presence of nearly 200 white-sided dolphins!

A rare visitor in our sector. Some 200 individuals split up into several groups of 8 to 15 individuals. The animals are very active! We are treated to a remarkable show, with acrobatic jumps close to the boat and impressive bursts of speed by highly dynamic dolphins.

Circling above these dolphins are flocks of black-legged kittiwakes and Bonaparte’s gulls; there appears to be plenty of food in the area!

I am more than happy to take a few pictures of these gems! Here they are!

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4417_112829709745_3688559_n_modifié-1-e1432474398285GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round, whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe marine mammals and birds in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Field Notes - 22/10/2016

Renaud Pintiaux

GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round, whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe marine mammals and birds in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

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