A difficult autumn…

For the past two weeks, the weather has not been on our side. A significant number of days of field work were cut short due to the fog and, even when the latter lifted, the wind soon became too strong to take photos or biopsies.

Despite everything, we did luck out with a few nice days, notably in the downstream area in the vicinity of Île aux Pommes and Île aux Basques. We encountered herds of roughly sixty individuals, mainly adults and juveniles. Among them were several animals with distinctive markings from which we were able to take biopsy samples.

For our last week in the field for 2017, we cross our fingers that Mother Nature will cooperate and help us finish the season on a positive note.

Preliminary identifications of the past two weeks

Dl9038 Leucas
Dl9046
Dl9031 Dorothy
Dl0169 Blanchon
Dl1355 Pacalou
Dl1508
Dl0021 Yogi
Dl1396 Aquabelle
Dl0030 Athéna
 The complete list of identified belugas requires meticulous efforts to match individuals, which will be undertaken once the field season has come to a close.
Field Notes - 11/10/2017

Équipe du GREMM

Dirigée par Robert Michaud, directeur scientifique, l’équipe de recherche du Groupe de recherche et d’éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM) étudie en mer les bélugas du Saint-Laurent et les grands rorquals (rorqual à bosse, rorqual bleu et rorqual commun). Le Bleuvet et le BpJAM quittent chaque matin le port de Tadoussac pour récolter de précieuses informations sur la vie des baleines de l’estuaire du Saint-Laurent.

Recommended articles

Catch Me If You Can: A Week at the Saddle Island Haulout

6:30 a.m.: The alarm goes off, sounding the start of a new day in the field. I’m not in Tadoussac,…

|Field Notes 13/2/2020

Skeleton Preparations Move Forward

At the time of his most recent interview with a Whales Online intern in the fall of 2018, Michel Martin,…

|Field Notes 3/2/2020

Is ice a significant natural threat to blue whales in the Gulf?

Revisiting the photos I took this past summer, I pondered some of the specific markings I had observed on blue…

|Field Notes 2/12/2019