(adoption pending)

- Lyne Morissette
  • ID number : DL0631
  • Sex : Female
  • Year of birth : Before 1992
  • Know since : 1996

Her field marks

Identifying Elle from the left side requires meticulous study of the details of her dorsal crest. Her telltale field mark is the small round scar on her right side, in front of her dorsal crest.

Life history

It was in 1996 that we encountered Elle for the first time. At the time, she was slightly gray, almost white. Beginning in 2004, she was always “noted” as being white. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Elle was thus probably born between 1988 and 1992! Her sex was determined by genetic analysis of a biopsy taken on July 22, 2010: Elle is a female.

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. At the present time, the sectors that Elle frequents and the individuals with whom she associates lead us to believe that she belongs to the Saguenay community. In fact, we have regularly observed her in the company of the Saguenay matriarchs, i.e. Slash, Athéna, DL1050 and DL0169.

The stories of young belugas and the chance to monitor the evolution of their behaviour are our best tools for understanding their social lives. By better understanding how belugas live, we will be able to better protect them.

Regularly seen with:

(adoption pending) observations history

Latest news

  • JULY 10, 2017

    The Bleuvet is near Pointe Noire, where a herd of roughly 40 individuals is actively swimming. We observe a number of surface activities, including pectoral fins and tails emerging from the water. Amongst the individuals we photograph is Elle, who is swimming with Dorothy. At the beginning of the encounter, the animals were mostly stationary, diving and resurfacing at the same location. Was this a feeding behaviour? At the end of the contact, the belugas began to head up the Saguenay. It was then that we spotted a calf swimming close to a female with a small gray line resembling a pencil stroke on her right flank. The crew did not immediately recognize this individual.

    Update: april 6, 2017


  • Lyne Morissette

    Lyne Morissette adopted Elle (pending).

    For Lyne’s 40th birthday, let’s work together to accomplish something special and significant for Elle by adopting this beluga. At the same time, we’ll be acknowledging the work and achievements of a great woman while supporting a cause that she cares about deeply and which is important for both us and for future generations.

    Participate in the adoption by clicking here.

    Participants in the group adoption of Elle: Cindy Grant, Eliane, Annabelle, André, Lisa Treau De Coeli, Laure de Montety, Mélanie Lévesque, Nicole Moisan, Becca Scarratt, Esther Blier and Christian Gagnon.