Aquabelle

- Aquarium du Québec
  • ID number : DL1396
  • Sex : Female
  • Year of birth : Around 1990
  • Know since : 1998
  • Adopted since : 2014
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Her field marks

Aquabelle can be recognized first and foremost by the gash that forms a right angle at the end of her subtle dorsal crest. If one looks carefully, a small gray line can be seen on her right flank, below the crest.

Life history

Our first encounter with Aquabelle goes back to 1998. At the time, she was slightly grayish in colour. She turned white around 2006, though her dorsal crest remained black. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Aquabelle would therefore have been born around 1990.

Her small size, habits and presence exclusively in herds comprising adults and young suggest that Aquabelle is a female of the Saguenay community. She has been regularly seen in the company of Slash and Griffon, females of the Saguenay community like herself.

In their summer range, females form large communities in which they tend to newborns and young. These communities are associated with traditional territories. Associations between females of the same community are generally not stable and can vary according to the females’ reproductive status, for example if they are pregnant or accompanied by young.

Aquabelle has been regularly observed with very young belugas and at least once with a calf, in 2001. However, to date our observations have not yet allowed us to determine with certainty whether or not these were her own offspring. More in-depth data analysis will help shed light on her reproductivity.

How Aquabelle’s story unfolds will help us better understand the social and reproductive lives of belugas. By better understanding how belugas live, we will better be able to protect them.

Aquabelle observations history

Latest news

  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

    No sooner have we left the Tadoussac wharf aboard the Bleuvet when a strong northwesterly wind kicks up. Having reached the mouth of the Saguenay, we observe a herd of about 60 animals including adults, juveniles and four newborns. Aquabelle is swimming with four other adults. Not far away from them is another group of eight stocky individuals, probably males. Part of the herd is moving vigorously toward the Charlevoix coast. The crew on board positions itself to try to take a biopsy from one of the animals. The dart is fired but misses its target. There’s always next time!

    Update: April 3, 2018

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