SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
10 / 02 / 2016
This summer, we crossed paths with Aquabelle on at least two occasions. During these encounters she was swimming in proximity to newborns, though our observations did not allow us to confirm whether or not any of these individuals were indeed her own offspring. Below is an account of one of these encounters.
September 9, 2015: Aquabelle is swimming in a group of six individuals – three adults and three young – in close proximity to Pointe Rouge at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. She and her cohorts are swimming side by side in highly synchronized fashion. We attempt a biopsy on one of the individuals in the herd. This little piece of skin and blubber will reveal more about this animal, including its genetic “secrets” and maybe even its family ties with Aquabelle! Collecting a biopsy from a moving target is no small task. With practice, we’ve managed to attain a success rate of over 80%. Which is why, when we do manage to hit our target, the excitement on board the boat is palpable!
Update : November 17, 2017