News from Afield

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

  • 2018 / 06 / 22

    A History of Fidelity… by René Roy

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    Friday, June 8: after being notified of 3 blue whales purportedly present in the Gaspé region, I decide to head there, despite the forecasts for relatively strong winds. With winds at least as strong...

  • 2018 / 06 / 21


    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, July 11, 2013 On July 10, aboard the Bleuvet, a team composed of GREMM and Fisheries and Oceans Canada researchers placed a telemetry tag on the fin wha...

  • 2018 / 06 / 18

    Blue Whale Newcomers and Familiar Humpbacks

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team, based in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, is geared up for its 40th season on the water! The team heads out to sea on June 11. However, the wind begins to blow ha...

  • Saut Irisept © René Roy 2018 / 06 / 07

    Irisept, a White Tail and Other Humpback Whale Stories

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “For a number of people, the weather these past few days has been the motivating factor to get out and search for whales,” says one crew member, “but those who made the effort were t...

  • 2018 / 06 / 05

    Ti-Croche, Artiste and a minke whale in the air

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    A look back at the observations of the last two weeks off Tadoussac. At the end of May, it was the minke whales that stole the show. We note the gradual arrival of more and more individuals at the hea...

  • 2018 / 06 / 05

    Young Live Seal on the River Banks: Do Not Disturb!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Marine Mammal Emergencies

    If you see a young seal on the beach, let it rest. The months of May and June are pupping season for harbour seals, and females nurse for 4 to 6 weeks from May to early July. During this period, pups ...

  • 2018 / 06 / 01

    Silvery Capelin Sought by Hungry Giants

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Prével (Gaspésie), Sept-Îles, Portneuf-sur-Mer (Côte-Nord): “Waves of silver” say some local residents when talking about a particular time of the year – the spawning of capelin – ...

  • 2018 / 06 / 01

    Bp955, a.k.a. “Ti-Croche”

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Whale portraits

    Distinctive traits It hook-shaped dorsal fin is strongly curved toward the rear. However, it is the resemblance of Bp955’s dorsal fin with that of the late Capitaine Crochet that earned it the n...

  • © GREMM 2018 / 05 / 22

    “Suspect” Identified

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Is it possible to identify an all-white beluga? Certainly, especially when it shows a major spinal deformity like Pascolio! This female was recognized twice this past week near Batture aux Alouettes i...

  • 2018 / 05 / 11

    Recognizing Whales by their Backs

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    May 6: no sooner had the sun risen when one observer spotted two belugas in the morning light off La Malbaie. Her observations continued throughout the day and into the evening. The next day she saw a...