The offshore season has been extended one week… Awesome!

On October 30, ours was the only boat out at sea. It’s a tranquil river, but what activity there has been off Tadoussac! We cross paths with over ten minke whales, in addition to spotting a fin whale. The animals are quite dynamic, passing near the surface to feed. The reason: schools of krill!

Above these marine mammals, flocks of kittiwakes as well as Bonaparte’s, great black-backed, herring, and ring-billed gulls are also participating in the feast.” I conclude that there is krill in the area, since I have taken several photos of gulls capturing these prey at the surface.

Not far away is a large herd of gray seals – over 100 individuals!

I take numerous pictures of minke whales, many of whose dorsal fins have noticeable notches or distinctive shapes.

Also worth noting is the strong presence of long-tailed ducks being seen off the Tadoussac dunes. They are a little more with each passing day. Soon there will be thousands of them wintering in the area.

Here are the photos of the day:

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4417_112829709745_3688559_n_modifié-1-e1432474398285GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round, whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe marine mammals and birds in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Field Notes - 2/11/2016

Renaud Pintiaux

GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round, whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe marine mammals and birds in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

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