- ID number : DL0269
- Sex : Presumed male
- Year of birth : Around 1980
- Known since : 1993
How to recognize him
To recognize Nikamun from the left side, one needs to pay close attention to the small details of his dorsal crest. He is much easier to identify from the right side thanks to a series of gray lines below the crest.
Nikamun was first photographed in 1993, at which time he was a young pale gray beluga. He turned white around 1995. Belugas fade from gray to white in colour between the ages of 12 and 16. Nikamun was thus born around 1980.
In summer, Nikamun is usually observed in the northern portion of the Estuary, between Tadoussac and Les Bergeronnes, or in the Saguenay River. He is regularly spotted in herds made up exclusively of adult males.
His large size, habits and associations suggest that Nikamun is a male. He is a member of one of the two networks of bulls that regularly use the Saguenay Fjord. A third male network, the “Downstream Boys”, is known to use the same portion of the Estuary, but steers clear of the Saguenay. Even if their territories overlap, individuals from one network seldom come into contact with males of other networks.
Within these networks, belugas tend to form stable groups of companions. Nikamun’s most regular companions are DL0370, Jetstream and DL0248, three males that are often observed in the Saguenay. These associations, which are established gradually in adulthood, may play an important role in belugas’ reproductive lives.
How Nikamun’s story unfolds will teach us volumes on the evolution of belugas’ social lives. By better understanding how belugas live, we will be able to better protect them.
Nikamun observations history
Project Red Alert, Tadoussac
Project Red Alert, Tadoussac adopted Nikamun (2017).
Pour la protection des bélugas du Saint-Laurent et du fjord du Saguenay, avec toutes nos amitiés !
The Winnifred Molson Conservation Foundation
Thank you for your amazing contribution to whale research and for elevating Tadoussac to a centre of intellectual excellence in GREMM’s field of study.
À la mémoire de Mariana Jamar
In support of DLO269.
Protecting our belugas is essential. We are happy to do our part. Trevor and Gail Skutezky and Family.
Anne Felicite Stairs
Joan and Charles Ballantyne
In Memory of V. Ann Van Alstyne.
Jane and Alan Evans
In Honour of our grandchildren Jayson, Rebecca and Edward.
The Bruemmer Family is happy to contribute to research being done to protect the beluga whales.
In support of DL0269 (PROJECT RED ALERT, TADOUSSAC)
In Honour of Harrison Baker.
In Honour of William Phee.
En l’honneur de Finn James McMartin Brown.
Timothy Russell Dewart
In Honour of The Reverend and Mrs. Russell Dewart.
In Memory of Gordon Carington Smith.
In Honour of Tadoussac Families. Merci pour votre travail! Les Campbells.
In Honour of Bill Glassco.
Adelaide Park Gomer
À la mémoire d’Ernest & Phoebe Skutezky.
What a great project to save our belugas.
À la mémoire de Rums.
Bonjour, nous parrainons ce béluga en l’honneur de Clémence, notre soeur qui fête ses 30 ans et est passionnée des bélugas ! Merci pour vos travaux de recherche sur les mammifères marins ! Juliette et Leïla.
Peter A. Turcot
Sheila E. Campbell