Observation of the week

Round-up of sightings from our precious collaborators who scan the waters of the Estuary and Gulf in summer and winter alike.

  • 2019 / 05 / 09

    Minke Whales Everywhere

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    From the Gaspé to the Côte-Nord, minke whales have been appearing in the waves in recent days. In the St. Lawrence, the majority of minke whales identified or biopsied are females. In this species, ...

  • © GREMM 2019 / 04 / 29

    New Species for the Season

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    In Sept-Îles, in Quebec’s Côte-Nord region, a long-time observer sets sails on a friend’s boat for the first time this season. The boat cruises by Île du Corossol, a protected island sanct...

  • 2019 / 04 / 18

    Grab your binoculars and let’s go!

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

    Tuque, mittens, binoculars, one field guide for birds and another for whales: a couple is gearing up for a road trip to the Gaspé for the long weekend. They are encouraged by the observations that ha...

  • 2019 / 04 / 04

    “First of the Year”

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “My first whale for 2019!” exclaims a whale-watching outfitter in the Gaspé Peninsula. His first observation was made through his daughter’s kitchen window on March 31. While taking a break...

  • 2019 / 03 / 27

    Return of the Belugas

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

    March 24: “They’re back!” says our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux. From a coastal road in Port-au-Saumon, not far from Saint-Siméon, he observes nearly a dozen white backs poking above th...

  • 2019 / 03 / 15

    Space to Breath

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On March 6, while walking on the beach near the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, an observer noted the presence of harbour seals in the water. “It looks as if they’re sleeping, their heads are poking o...

  • 2019 / 03 / 07

    More Blue Whales!

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Observation of the week

    The mild weather in the early part of the week offered comfortable conditions for venturing outside and contemplating the river. Did the higher temperatures have the same effect on marine mammals as t...

  • Jeune phoque du Groenland allaité © Elston Hill 2019 / 02 / 21

    Marine mammals on the ice and humpbacks in the Caribbean

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Off the Gaspé Peninsula town of Newport, 50 or so seals bask on the ice. To observe them, it’s best to have binoculars, as they are 4 or 5 km away. “I’d say they’re probably harp seals,...

  • 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...