AUGUST 21, 2014
21 / 08 / 2014
The boat is near Anse Saint-Étienne (Saint-Étienne cove) in the Saguenay, vis-à-vis a shore nicknamed the “cowboy hat” due to its unique shape. We observe Bélibec swimming in a small herd of about ten individuals comprising adults and young, including two newborns. In the company of Bélibec, we spot Yogi, another regular in the sector.
The herd breaks up into several groups. We observe at least one group of males and several clusters of females. Describing their behaviour is not so straightforward, as the herd moves in one distinct direction for a while and then all of a sudden the animals start “milling” (repeatedly diving and resurfacing at the same location). The Saguenay is a meeting place between networks of male belugas and networks of females with young. Short-lived herds form here, often due to the abundance of food.