JULY 10, 2015
10 / 07 / 2015
The GREMM’s research boat – the Bleuvet – is off the coast of Les Escoumins. We’re observing what we initially believe to be a herd of eight individuals, before we realize that there are actually 15 of them! Amongst them are a handful of adults and a few very pale gray animals, including DL9039.
The animals are moving in every direction to the point that they appear to be swimming in circles. A few individuals appear at the bow of the boat before diving and re-emerging at the stern; their dives are short. What are they doing? Their behaviour is difficult to make sense of. Nevertheless, their proximity to the boat allows us to take two biopsies! In these couple of milligrams of fat hides a secret to their DNA.