Field notes

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

  • 2017 / 07 / 26

    A great show in Gaspesie… by René Roy

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    When you take a whale-watching trip, you need to be lucky to observe a breaching session. To watch two such shows from two different humpbacks in a single afternoon is nothing less than a privilege. O...

  • 2017 / 07 / 19

    In Pursuit of the Fin Whale

    Par Sophie Bédard / Field notes

    Last July 13, 2017, I spent my day on the water in search of large rorquals to photograph. The weather was conducive to observing marine mammals: calm water, no fog and a bright sun. And yet, there wa...

  • 2017 / 07 / 19

    My Most Faithful Humpback

    Par René Roy / Field notes

    According to data provided by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, the humpback whale H626 (MICS catalogue number) – known as Boom Boom River (BBR) in the Mingan and Gaspé sectors and Gaspar in the Es...

  • 2017 / 07 / 14

    Who am I?

    Par Mathieu Marzelière / Field notes

    Teeming with marine life, the St. Lawrence Estuary is a wonderful place. As a research assistant at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals, I have the opportunity to observe many atypi...

  • 2017 / 07 / 14

    With the Belugas: Week of July 3, 2017

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Beluga / Field notes

    Identifying  Individual Belugas Belugas are not one of the most easily recognizable whale species. They do not systematically show their tail when they dive like humpbacks, do not show pigment patter...

  • 2017 / 07 / 12

    With the belugas: Week of June 26, 2017

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga-en / Field notes

    Belugas of Baie Sainte-Marguerite Baie Sainte-Marguerite is probably one of the most enigmatic places within the St. Lawrence beluga population’s summer range. This is the belugas’ “...

  • 2017 / 07 / 06

    Are there any beluga nurseries in the St. Lawrence?

    Par Jaclyn Aubin / Field notes

    Topic of my Master’s project: Investigation of Allomothering in St. Lawrence Belugas For a long time, studies of cetaceans were restricted by the limited views offered by research vessels and la...

  • 2017 / 06 / 30

    With the Belugas: Week of June 19, 2017

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Beluga-en / Field notes

    Rolling the Dice After a first week spent in the upstream sector on the north shore side, the week of June 19 unfolded mostly in the company of belugas frequenting the Saguenay River and its mouth. St...

  • 2017 / 06 / 20

    With the belugas: the research season 2017 is on!

    Par Équipe du Bleuvet / Field notes

    No sooner do we exit Tadoussac Bay when we spot a herd of belugas between Ilet-aux-Morts and Pointe-Noire. It was almost as if they were waiting for us! Nevertheless, we decide to continue our course,...

  • 2017 / 06 / 07

    Minke Whale with Calf and Two Fin Whales… by Renaud Pintiaux

    Par Renaud Pintiaux / Field notes

    June 2, 2017. Foray off Tadoussac and an exceptional morning observation! According to my information, this is the first one in our sector since… 2003! Near buoy S05 (not far from the mouth of t...