- ID number : DL0829
- Sex : Female
- Year of birth : Around 1980
- Know since : 1995
- Adopted since : 2014
Her field marks
The even spacing between the similar notches in her dorsal crest make recognition of Bélibec easy, from the left or the right side.
Our first encounter with Bélibec dates back to 1995 in the Saguenay Fjord. At the time, she was slightly gray, almost white. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Bélibec would therefore have been born around 1980.
Her size, habits and regular presence in herds comprising adults and young suggest that Bélibec is a female belonging to the Saguenay community. In summer, females form large communities in which they care for newborns and young. These communities are associated with traditional territories.
Bélibec has been seen regularly with DL0030. Associations between females of the same community are not stable, however. They may vary depending on the females’ reproductive status and whether or not they are pregnant or accompanied by a calf.
Bélibec is frequently accompanied by young, and more rarely by newborns. It is difficult to establish mother-calf relationships with certainty. Analysis of the DNA extracted from a biopsy sample taken from her back in 2013 will reveal the details of her family pedigree.
How Bélibec’s story unfolds will teach us volumes on the evolution of belugas’ social lives. By better understanding how belugas live, we will better be able to protect them.
Bélibec observations history
Québec city adopted Napou (1989), Bélibec (2014) and participates in the solidary adoptions of Neige, Nics, Solidaire, Bilou and Cica with other riverside municipalities of the St. Lawrence (2014).
Click on the name below to discover texts, drawings and videos composed by children of participating schools on Facebook.