AL

- Les Bières Bélugas Ltée
  • ID number : DL1881
  • Sex : Presumed male
  • Year of birth : Around 1999
  • Know since : 2002
  • Adopted since : 2014
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His field marks

We recognize AL thanks to a deep notch in his dorsal crest, with a smaller notch next to the first. Other small details complete the profile of his well-marked dorsal crest.

Life history

Our first encounter with AL dates back to 2002. At the time he was a juvenile beluga whale. He became progressively lighter over the years, and has been almost completely white since 2012. The monitoring of several dozen other beluga whales, like AL, has taught us that the transition to white happens around the age of 12 to 16. Thus, AL was born in the late 1990s.

During our first encounters, AL was regularly observed in herds of made up of adult and young animals. Eventually he started patronizing herds of juveniles. These were large and often very active groups. We have observed him most often in groups of adults since 2012. The evolution of these social affiliations leads us to believe that AL is a male. There is a strong segregation between adult males and females. Females live in communities with their young, while males are frequently found in same-sex herds.

For the time being, we do not yet know who AL’s faithful companions are. Adult males tend to form stable groups of associates. These alliances, which become progressively more established at the adult stage, are potentially significant to beluga whale reproductive lives.

The next chapter in AL’s story will teach us a lot about the evolution of the social lives of beluga whales. By learning how beluga whales live we will be better equipped to protect them.

AL observations history

Latest news

  • AUGUST 18, 2014

    We observe AL off the coast of L’Isle-Verte on the south shore of the St. Lawrence. He is swimming in a herd of 70 belugas. Within the herd, we notice a few entirely white individuals, but 70% of them are gray or slightly gray. It is therefore a herd of adults, but mostly composed of young adults. The belugas split into a few smaller groups of about a dozen individuals and slowly work their way up the river. The encounter with this herd ends with a successful biopsy.

Sponsor

  • Les Bières Bélugas Ltée

    Les Bières Bélugas Ltée adopted AL (2015).

    QUI PREND BIÈRE, PREND CONSCIENCE!

    La première d’une série de trois Bières Bélugas Ltée est disponible sur les tablettes d’une cinquantaine de points de vente à Montréal et à Québec depuis mai et est maintenant distribuée par la majorité des commerçants du village de Tadoussac. Cette bière sur lie de type Golden Ale a été créée pour contribuer à la recherche et à la conservation des bélugas du Saint-Laurent. À chaque bière vendue, 0,11$ sera versé dans le Projet Béluga dans le cadre de la campagne Adoptez un béluga.

    Cette bière est une idée récente des fondateurs des Bières Bélugas Ltée, Patrick Cool, Frédérick Jodoin et Eric Buteau. “On avait envie de créer une bière au même moment où l’on entendait abondamment parler du béluga dans les médias. On a déniché des brasseurs du Québec qui avaient la capacité et l’envie aussi de développer une bière de qualité, tout en contribuant à une cause environnentale”, explique M. Cool.

    Les bières Béluga Lté nous ont concocté humblement une bière sur lie rafraîchissante et facile à boire. Son subtil goût fruité est bien balancé avec des notes de houblons qui font de cette bière un incontournable pour se rafraîchir.

    Le lancement de la bière béluga s’est déroulé au Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins (CIMM) le mercredi 15 juillet 2015.

    Consultez la nouvelle sur l’événement!