News from Afield

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

  • 2018 / 08 / 13

    A head, a Tail, a Body Out of the Water!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Headline / Observation of the week

    July 31: A pointed snout pierces the surface and rises like a skyscraper out of the waters off Les Bergeronnes. The fin whale observes the whale-watching boat parked a few hundred metres away. Scienti...

  • 2018 / 08 / 13

    With the Belugas… and the Unexpected on Board the Bleuvet!

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Beluga / Field notes

    On Wednesday, August 8, the Bleuvet team was on the water searching for a herd of belugas to carry out its photogrammetry program. This program, as seen in these field notes, aims to document beluga w...

  • 2018 / 08 / 03

    Little Bundles of Life

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    They’re about one-third the size of an adult and still stick close to their mothers’ sides. Calves of several species have been seen along the shores of the St. Lawrence almost everywhere ...

  • 2018 / 08 / 03

    “Mom, can you hear me?” Season #2

    Par Collaboration spéciale / Beluga / Field notes

    By Valeria Vergara and Marie-Ana Mikus (guest researchers from Ocean Wise Conservation Association) Time flies on the beluga research tower in Baie Sainte-Marguerite in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marin...

  • 2018 / 07 / 30

    BP078, A.K.A. “Ligné”

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Whale portraits

    From the newsletter Whale Portraits, July 20, 2018, by Camille Bégin Marchand Bp078 – nicknamed “Ligné” – is a male fin whale that has been known for over 30 years. Yet he’s ne...

  • Zipper 2018 / 07 / 30


    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Whale portraits

    Distinctive traits One needs only to look at her right side to understand how this fin whale got her name. Zipper bears an enormous zipper-shaped scar, the result of a collision with the propeller of ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 30

    With the Belugas… and Their Waist Measurements!

    Par Timothée Perrero / Beluga / Field notes

    For the past several years, scientists have been using drones to study wildlife in their natural environment. Besides the esthetic appeal of the images they provide, drones provide a different perspec...

  • 2018 / 07 / 27

    Navigating through the Fog

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Observation of the week

    It’s been a quiet week on the North Shore, as a persistent sea fog has shrouded the St. Lawrence. Research activities and marine mammal observations have been reduced to a trickle. Sea fog is fo...

  • 2018 / 07 / 23

    With the Belugas… and a Narwhal!

    Par Équipe BpJam / Field notes

    A new season is getting underway aboard GREMM’s Zodiac, the BpJAM. New season, new team! This year, the crew is composed of two research assistants returning for their second consecutive season....

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Two New Beluga Carcasses Found in Bas-Saint-Laurent

    Par Camille Bégin-Marchand / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    Two beluga carcasses were found just two days apart in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The first carcass reported on July 9 by residents of Rivière-du-Loup was a newborn, while the one reported on July...