News from Afield

Throughout the seasons, stories from patient observers, passionate researchers and experienced captains and naturalists from all across maritime Quebec.

  • 2019 / 12 / 09

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

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    Revisiting the photos I took this past summer, I pondered some of the specific markings I had observed on blue whales. On June 1, 2014, I photographed off the Forillon cliffs the individual known as B...

  • 2019 / 12 / 09

    In Search of the Sperm Whale

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    November 27: In GREMM’s (Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals) offices in Tadoussac, staff members are busy working on their respective projects. Around 2:30 in the afternoon, the phon...

  • 2019 / 11 / 28

    Dozens of Humpbacks and Thousands Of Seals Linger On

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With the short days of November and the appearance of the first ice, observers on the water are growing more scarce. Nevertheless, enthusiasts are braving the cold to see if any whales are still prese...

  • 2019 / 11 / 27

    Seals in the St. Lawrence, Even in Winter!

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    By Méduline Chailloux During the winter months, various species of seals are naturally present on the shores of the St. Lawrence Estuary, and they represent the majority of the reports that the 1-877...

  • 2019 / 11 / 25

    A busy season for 1-877-7BALEINE, and it’s not over yet!

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    By Méduline Chailloux The summer 2019 season has drawn to a close. It’s time for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (QMMERN) to look back on the past season while at the same time ...

  • 2019 / 11 / 25

    Leaving the Estuary

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    November 20, Cap de Bon-Désir in Les Bergeronnes: our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux settles down to take a few pictures of local marine life. He is happily observing a minke whale when the powerful sp...

  • 2019 / 11 / 01

    Multiple Species in a Single Glance

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    For his last outing of the season, a recreational fisherman sets out in La Tabatière, in Quebec’s Basse-Côte-Nord region. While his line is dangling in the water, he spots two large spouts that n...

  • 2019 / 11 / 01

    A Speckled Humpback… by Anik Boileau

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Field notes

    By Anik Boileau, Veterinary Science Researcher and Director of CERSI With the arrival of fall in the Sept-Îles region, it’s not uncommon to find large rorquals west of Baie Sainte-Marguerite, near ...

  • Valérie coupe un morceau de gras avec un scalpel. Autour d'elle, des contenants de produits pour la conservation et la stérilisation de l'échantillon. 2019 / 10 / 30

    With the belugas… and their blubber

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Field notes

    By Valerie Jolicoeur, master student at UQAM This fall, I embarked on a major Master’s project that focuses on the health of our iconic St. Lawrence belugas. Although the river is undeniably beautif...

  • 2019 / 10 / 24

    En Route to Winter Quarters

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    As the number of eyes scanning the water decreases, the number of sightings reported is also on the decline. Are there fewer whales in these parts? Despite being posted daily at the Tadoussac dunes,...