SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
10 / 09 / 2015
Taking advantage of favourable weather conditions, our team heads out to Île Blanche aboard the Bleuvet, the GREMM’s research boat. On the agenda is a day of biopsies for a research project on progesterone levels directed by Véronique Lesage from the Maurice Lamontagne Institute of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
We encounter a herd of some 80 individuals, including females, young (approximately 40%) and three calves. The animals are swimming in tight formations in one group of 15 to 18 individuals and 5 satellite groups numbering 5 to 8 individuals. Amongst them is DL9017. The belugas are heading lazily westward.
For reasons unclear to us, the belugas pick up the pace and the dynamism of their movements and in no time the herd becomes completely fragmented. Each group seems to move in opposite directions. Farther to the south we see a large number of individuals and we set course for this sector. Perhaps these belugas will be more cooperative in offering us a few milligrams of their skin!
Update : January 8, 2018