News from Afield
Throughout the seasons, stories from patient observers, passionate researchers and experienced captains and naturalists from all across maritime Quebec.
2018 / 12 / 14
Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) – Nova Scotia, Canada
No matter where you are on the planet, marine mammals have allies. Through a series of texts, discover the colossal work being carried out by enthusiasts to help vulnerable marine mammals. For this fi...
2018 / 12 / 13
December 8: Gaspé Bay is glowing in the sun. A balloon-shaped spout erupts from the water surface, followed by a second one. Two black backs swim side by side. A black and white tail appears, then an...
2018 / 12 / 06
Whales and Seals Amid the Ice Floes
“They’re breaching!” exclaims an innkeeper from Forillon, in the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s December 3 and the week is off to a good start for him: through his window, he observes ...
2018 / 12 / 05
Thank You, Marine Mammal Emergencies Volunteers!
On the occasion of International Volunteer Day (December 5), we would like to highlight the important contributions made by the 181 volunteers from the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network,...
2018 / 11 / 30
When the Waves Calm Down
The extreme weather of the past few days has not been very conducive to marine observations. In addition to repeated snowstorms that severely hampered visibility, large waves have pounded the coast. H...
2018 / 11 / 26
Worrying St. Lawrence Beluga Mortality Trend Continues in 2018
The tragic plight of the St. Lawrence beluga population continues. Once again this year, researchers are highly concerned about the prevalence of perinatal mortalities in pregnant females and newborns...
2018 / 11 / 22
Three Big Blues
“Three big blues!” exclaims an observer. He observes the three majestic animals Sunday morning 3 or 4 nautical miles south of the North Shore municipality of Islet-aux-Caribous. The animal...
2018 / 11 / 22
The Last One From Sea… by Renaud Pintiaux
It is the end of the 2018 season on the water but there is still life at sea. It is always sad to see the end of the season, especially since many marine mammals are still present off Tadoussac. The s...
2018 / 11 / 21
Winter and Seasonal Seals
While harbour seals frequent the waters of the St. Lawrence throughout the year, certain periods are more favourable for observing northern seals that overwinter in the St. Lawrence. But what should w...
2018 / 11 / 07
Mériscope: Overview of Minke Whales
A 23-foot orange Zodiac called Narval is used to approach minke whales. On board you will find the Mériscope crew, equipped with binoculars, cameras and a crossbow. Founded in 2001, this independent ...