News from Afield

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

  • 2018 / 10 / 12

    Red Foliage and Colourful Backs

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The cruise ship Narval III of the whale-watching company Croisières Baie de Gaspé docked for the last time on October 11, and it was not because of a lack of whales. “It must have been -5oC ou...

  • 2018 / 10 / 10


    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Whale portraits

    Distinctive Traits Boomerang, also known by the identification number Bp060, has been observed in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park area since September. This female is recognizable by the shape o...

  • Dauphins à flancs blancs © Renaud Pintiaux 2018 / 10 / 09

    Chills and Thrills: Autumn Sightings

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On the wharf used by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, a thin coat of frost glistens. “Time to migrate south!” exclaims research coordinator Christian Ram...

  • 2018 / 10 / 03

    Beached Minke Whale Carcass at Pointe-aux-Outardes

    Par Anthony François / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    On the morning of September 22, a minke whale carcass appeared off the coast of Pointe-aux-Outardes Nature Park. After drifting for a few hours, it finally washed ashore not far from the welcome centr...

  • 2018 / 10 / 03

    With the Belugas… At Full Throttle!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    Clear blue sky, low winds, calm sea… The perfect conditions for a productive day of photo-identification and photogrammetry. All we have to do is find some belugas. We thus head out to sea aboar...

  • 2018 / 09 / 27

    A Forest of Spouts

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On September 23, no sooner does the cruise begin when the captain yells out “Breach!” Off Les Bergeronnes, the 15-metre long body of a humpback crashes with a loud splash on the water surf...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Rare Sowerby’s Beaked Whale Found in Rivière-au-Tonnerre

    Par Anthony François / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    A beaked whale was discovered stranded in Rivière-au-Tonnerre on September 17. Initial photos of the carcass immediately intrigued the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network. Traits that sug...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Narwhal (Monodon monceros)

    Par Maureen Jouglain / Whale portraits

    Whale Portraits: Vol. 17, Issue 15, written by Camille Bégin Marchand The narwhal has been identified again this year on several occasions. It does not have a code, as it is the first of its kind to ...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Full Breach!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Thirty-three! Thirty-three times, a minke whales breached before a dumbstruck observer standing on the pink granite of Pointe Rouge overlooking Tadoussac Bay. On September 14, this minke whale also da...

  • 2018 / 09 / 18


    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With a hesitation in her step, she walks down the ramp to the boat launch in the Tadoussac marina, where a Zodiac is waiting for her. “It’s steep, be careful,” the captain warns her. Holdin...