SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
18 / 09 / 2016
The summer of 2016 – our 32nd season at sea with the belugas – was once again rich in encounters and surprises. Observations include sightings of Dorothy on at least four occasions. She was accompanied by newborns, but our observations do not allow us to confirm whether or not they were her own offspring. Eventually, once we’ve performed a biopsy, Dorothy’s DNA will reveal the details of her family tree.
September 18, 2016: we are near Île Coquart in the Saguenay Fjord when we encounter Dorothy. She’s swimming in a herd of about sixty individuals consisting of adults, young grays as well as two newborns. The animals work their way up the Saguenay before ending their journey in Baie Sainte-Marguerite. Though its exact role remains poorly understood, this bay appears to be a very special site and one of great importance for St. Lawrence belugas, especially females and juveniles. It might be a feeding, resting or socialization area for young. It might even constitute a calving ground for females like Dorothy, though this theory remains to be verified.
Update : November 28, 2017