- Adelaide Gomer - Mathijs and Anneke Wittink
  • ID number : DL9031
  • Sex : Female
  • Year of birth : Around 2000
  • Know since : 2008
  • Adopted since : 2016

Her field marks

Dorothy has multiple distinctive marks on her left side and a clean notch in the centre of her dorsal ridge. She is, however, difficult to recognize from her right side.

Life history

Our first encounter with Dorothy goes back to 2008. She was a young gray beluga at that time. We have seen her almost every summer since and, in 2015, she turned nearly white. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 to 16. We therefore believe Dorothy has been born around 2000. It is also in 2015 that we saw her for the first time with a calf.

In the summer range, females form large communities in which they care for newborns and young. These communities are faithful to traditional territories and exchanges between them are uncommon.

Dorothy belongs to the Saguenay community. She has been seen several times with Amalena and Blanche. Associations between females of the same community are generally not very stable. They may vary depending on the females’ reproductive status, for example whether or not they are pregnant or accompanied by a calf.

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

Dorothy observations history

Latest news

  • OCTOBER 2, 2017

    On this autumn day, visibility is good and small waves are rippling across the Saguenay. We are near Anse Saint-Étienne (Saint-Étienne cove) aboard the Bleuvet, GREMM’s research vessel. Around us is a herd of 25 belugas consisting of adults, juveniles and one newborn. The herd splits into three smaller groups. In one of them, Dorothy is swimming with three adult belugas and two young grays. Also in the herd are Blanchon, Pacalou and DL1508. The wind is picking up, reaching speeds of up to 20 km/h. What were once benign little waves have turned into whitecaps, and the belugas begin to dive for longer periods. Our observation time of the herd comes to an end.

    Update: april 6, 2018