- Canada Steamship Lines
  • ID number : DL0516
  • Sex : Female
  • Year of birth : Around 1990
  • Know since : 1992
  • Adopted since : 2014
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Her field marks

Annakpok can be recognized by a small round scar surrounded by small marks in the middle of the left side of her dorsal ridge. She also has a larger, but still small round scar in front of the caudal peduncle.

Life history

Our first sighting of Annakpok goes back to the summer of 1995. At the time, she was grey in colour and became white between 2003 and 2005. Given that the passage from grey to white colouring occurs at around 12 to 16 years of age, we estimate that Annakpok was born at the beginning of the 1990s.

Her small size, her habits and her regular presence within pods of adults and juveniles leave us to believe that Annakpok is a female from the Saguenay community. In fact, in their summer range, females form large communities in which they care for the newly born calves and juveniles. These communities are attached to traditional territories. The associations among females in the same community are not generally stable and may vary according to the reproductive condition of the females (pregnant or with calves). The presence of newly born calves alongside Annakpok in 2005, 2009 and 2013 confirms not only her sex, but also that she is a very productive female.

The mouth of the Saguenay is an area where communities of females and groups of males regularly meet. On September 3, 2002, Annakpok was with a pod of adults, juveniles and calves in which DL1881, a young male, was observed for the first time.

The continuation of Annakpok’s story will teach us a great deal about the evolution of belugas’ social lives. By understanding how belugas live we will be able to better protect them.


Annakpok observations history

Latest news

  • AUGUST 23, 2016

    The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Amongst other sightings, we saw Annakpok on at least three occasions. As is often the case with Annakpok, she was observed in groups of females accompanied by juveniles. No sign of a newborn at her side this summer, however. It’s been three years since we’ve seen Annakpok with a calf. On average, females belugas give birth every three years. The next one therefore might not be too far off.

    August 23, 2016: We happen upon Annakpok who’s in a herd of 45 individuals at the mouth of the Saguenay, near Pointe de l’Islet. We see as many white adults as we do young grays, in addition to four newborns. Females Miss Frontenac and Pacalou, two of her regular companions from the Saguenay community, are also there.

    The entire herd is very active, especially the juveniles. The belugas are swimming in a synchronized manner when suddenly they stop, dive and resurface several times in the same spot, a behaviour often associated with feeding. With its particular oceanographic conditions, the mouth of the Saguenay is teeming with prey! Our encounter with Annakpok ends as the herd gradually splits into two.

    Update : November 17, 2017


  • Canada Steamship Lines

    Canada Steamship Lines adopted Annakpok (2014).

    November 10, 2014 : launch of the Adopt a Beluga campaign.

    From left to right : Mrs Véronik de la Chenelière (GREMM), Mr Robert Michaud (GREMM Scientific Director), Mr Régis Labeaume (Quebec city Mayor), Mme Chantale Rouleau (In charge of water and water infrastructures) and  Mrs Lilia Khodjet El Khil (Canada Steamship Lines Manager for Sustainability).





    Quebec City, November 10, 2014 – Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has committed to funding new scientific research aimed at better protecting threatened St. Lawrence River belugas, part of a long-standing partnership with WWF that has already helped reduce human impact on the environment. CSL’s commitment totals $100 000 over the next two years.

    CSL’s contribution also supports the Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins’ (GREMM) Adopt A Beluga campaign, a drive that funds research into why this unique population of whale continues to decline in the St. Lawrence River.

    “CSL has been active on the St. Lawrence River for over 100 years and is committed to maintaining the health of this incredible national treasure. Our beluga adoption is one of the most important steps we’ve taken to help protect the St. Lawrence to date – for the benefit of species, and the communities that depended on it for their livelihoods,” said Kirk Jones, Vice-President, Sustainability, Government and Industry Affairs at CSL.

    Led by marine mammal expert Robert Michaud, GREMM is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research and education on whales in the St. Lawrence.

    CSL and WWF partner for a Living Atlantic

    CSL has supported WWF-led conservation efforts in the Atlantic region since 2006. In addition to recent efforts to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency, CSL’s industry-leading environmental commitments have also led to the adoption of best environmental practices to decrease the risk for right whales getting entangled in fishing gear.

    More than 70% of all known right whales show scars on their bodies caused by encounters with fishing equipment. The fatalities resulting from entanglement — often from drowning or infection —have taken a serious toll on the endangered Atlantic right whale population.

    “Because of these efforts and the efforts of other partners to save right whales, we are starting to see small signs of recovery. And whalres are also doing their part: we were pleased to see that over 58 right whale calves were born in 2010 and 2011,” said David Miller, WWF-Canada’s President and CEO. “WWF Canada is proud to see that CSL is continuing its industry-leading efforts to protect threatened species by collaborating with scientists, governments and non-government organizations to protect Canada’s incredible natural wealth.”

    WWF and CSL representatives attended the launch of the Adopt A Beluga campaign today at Quebec City’s historic Fairmount Chateau Frontenac.

    “With its new commitment to supporting science to better protect the St. Lawrence belugas, CSL is pursuing its decades-long tradition of involvement in safeguarding marine mammal populations and conserving their habitats”, said Marie-Claude Lemieux, WWF’s Director for Quebec. “We are extremely pleased to see this important partner from the shipping industry helping us protecting one of Quebec’s most iconic species,” added Lemieux.

    Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Montréal’s executive committee member Chantal Rouleau presented the 10 belugas adopted by St. Lawrence waterfront municipalities of the province.


    About CSL

    Canada Steamship Lines is a division of The CSL Group, the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore and Australia, CSL delivers more than 76 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

    About WWF-Canada

    WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada) is a member of WWF, one of the world’s largest independent conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. In Canada, we create solutions to conservation issues important to Canadians and the world. For more information, visit

    About GREMM

    Founded in 1985 and based in Tadoussac, Quebec, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on the whales of the St. Lawrence and to education for the conservation of the marine environment.



    Marie-Claude Lemieux

    Regional Director, Quebec, WWF-Canada