News from Afield

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

  • 2019 / 02 / 15

    Godbout is where the action is!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A tiny village of just over 300 inhabitants, Godbout is located in the Côte-Nord (North Shore) region between Baie-Comeau and Baie-Trinité. This municipality is best known for its ferry that connect...

  • 2019 / 02 / 08

    February Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    It was a perfect day for whale-watching. Light winds, calm sea, light conditions that were neither blinding nor too dim. Off the coast of Gallix, a spout rises high and straight, followed by a long, d...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2019 / 02 / 01

    Pinnipeds Galore!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A herd of harp seals is enjoying a break in the ice cover off the docks in Les Escoumins. The group numbers 50 to 60 individuals. This gregarious species visits the waters of the St. Lawrence in winte...

  • 2019 / 01 / 24

    Like a Tornado of Snow

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The list of observations this week reads more like a weather report: sea smoke, ice floes, gusts, snow squalls, howling winds. The only sighting comes from Baie-Comeau, where a blue whale was observed...

  • Le phoque à capuchon a un museau flasque et est fortement tacheté//Hooded seals have an inflatable snout and have black mottling all over their bodies. © Alamy/Wildlife GmbH 2019 / 01 / 21

    Winter and Seasonal Seals

    Par Anthony François / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    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...

  • Rorqual bleu, 19 mai 2018 © René Roy 2019 / 01 / 17

    A Rare Blue Whale

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    January 12: After weeks of seeing nothing but drifting ice and seals on the move, a large spout draws the observer’s attention. The bluish-grey back, the protuberance around the blowhole and the...

  • 2019 / 01 / 10

    A New Year of Observations Begins

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    As 2018 was winding down, one observer in Bonaventure in the Gaspé Peninsula observes three tall puffs, all appearing at the same time. There are therefore three whales in Chaleur Bay. He describes t...

  • 2018 / 12 / 21

    1-877-7Baleine Still Active Throughout the Holidays!

    Par Mélissa Tremblay / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Even if snow covers the shores of the St. Lawrence, Marine Mammal Emergencies continues its work. Throughout the winter, the call centre will continue to take calls for cases of dead or vulnerable wha...

  • 2018 / 12 / 20

    A Few Final Breaths to Say Goodbye

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Cap-d’Espoir, December 15. The black backs of two humpback whales emerge from the dark water. Their rounded spouts and the appearance of their tails at the end of their breathing sequence make i...

  • Caudal vertebrae of whales are among the smallest vertebrae. This fin whale caudal vertebra was still bigger than my face. © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 19

    My Week at the Whale Warehouse… by Jasspreet Sahib

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Field notes

    It all started with Marie-Ève, my Editor-in-Chief, asking me, “Would you like to spend a week with skeletons, Jass?” Next thing I knew, I was at GREMM’s skeleton facility, the whale warehouse l...