Field notes

Tune in to our researchers and photographers all season long by perusing their field notes.

  • 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

    With the Belugas… Their Newborns and the Narwhal

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    By Mathieu Marzelière, research assistant October 9: an Indian summer day, a calm St. Lawrence, spectacular fall foliage… the BpJAM sets sail for one of its last outings of the year. It’s a...

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    With the Belugas… And Their Amusing Behaviours

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Field notes

    September 6: While part of the team is returning from Alaska to lend a hand to researchers studying the beluga population of Cook Inlet, another is taking off on board our small inflatable research cr...

  • 2019 / 09 / 09

    With Large Rorquals… and Their Gaping Mouths

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Field notes

    By Maude-Émilie Bourque August 28, 2019: it’s my last day as a volunteer research assistant for the GREMM this season. For three months now, I have been watching and photographing the large rorqual...

  • 2019 / 09 / 04

    With the large rorquals… the biggest!

    Par GREMM / Field notes

    By Maude-Émilie Bourque Sunday, August 25, 2019. I leave for Grandes-Bergeronnes at the crack of dawn with my equipment: camera and 400 mm lens, GPS, voice recorder and floater suit. It’s 8:30 whe...

  • Pose d'une balise sur le dos d'un beluga. 2019 / 08 / 12

    With the Belugas… Under Water

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Article - en / Field notes / News from Afield

    On the morning of July 26, the Bleuvet sets sail from the port of Tadoussac to study belugas. With 6 people on board, the cabin is a bit crowded. Researcher Valeria Vergara of Ocean Wise (British Col...

  • 2019 / 07 / 17

    With the Belugas… Out Fishing!

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Field notes

    July 3, 2019: The BpJAM is back at sea for the 2019 field season, with the same crew as last year. The foggy morning forces us to stay docked: it’s hard enough to locate a herd in the fog, much less...

  • 2019 / 06 / 19

    With the Belugas… And Listening In!

    Par GREMM / Beluga / Field notes

    By Mathieu Marzelière At last! GREMM’s 2019 field season is officially underway. This first week was devoted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s tagging project in which we are collaborating in the ...

  • 2019 / 05 / 29

    A Blue Whale At Last!… by René Roy

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    I finally encountered my first large rorqual of the season! And it was about time: I had already travelled 240 nautical miles (about 445 km) in the span of three outings. On Thursday, May 23, I made y...