AUGUST 30, 2016

  • 30 / 08 / 2016 Par Équipe BED

    The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Amongst other sightings, we saw DL0370 on August 30 in a herd of males with his faithful companions, DL0269 and Jetstream. Ever since our first encounter back in 1991, we have been closely following DL0370’s associations. DL0269 is his most regular companion. In more than one out of every three encounters, they are together.

    August 30, 2016: We take advantage of the gorgeous weather to visit the downstream sector, where we regularly come into contact with herds of males. We cross paths with DL0370 off Îles aux Basques. He’s in a herd of some sixty individuals, including adults and a few gray individuals. The herd is split into about ten groups of six at fifteen belugas. We also recognize males JP, Douxi and DL0269.

    The animals are scattered and highly active. Some belugas poke their heads above the surface as if to spy on us, others are spitting out water. They’re swimming dynamically and in one distinct direction when they suddenly stop, dive and resurface several times at the same spot. They’re probably feeding. The encounter with DL0370 is also very rich in terms of acoustics. We hear all kinds of vocalizations: door squeaks, whistles and much more. Belugas are aptly nicknamed “canaries of the sea”.

    Update : November 28, 2017