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.
2018 / 07 / 13
Identifying Humpbacks X and Zip
July 7: Having made the trek from Newcastle, England to watch whales, an observer sets up post on the rocks in the Pointe-Rouge conservation area, in Tadoussac. At the end of the day, she sorts thro...
2018 / 07 / 06
Where There Is Prey, There Are Whales!
“Unbelievable! It’s hot even out on the water,” exclaims a GREMM volunteer research assistant participating in the photo-ID program for large rorquals in the St. Lawrence Estuary. On...
2018 / 06 / 29
We Wouldn’t Want to Be a Capelin…
Does this photo show five whales or six? Their gaping mouths are about to clamp down on masses of quivering capelin. We observe these fish jumping into the air in the vain hope of surviving this feast...
2018 / 06 / 22
Gaspésie Invaded by “Jubartes” or “Megaptera”
No doubt about it, everyone who has been plying the offshore waters of the Gaspé region lately has one word on the tip of their tongue: humpbacks! Their appearances are described as follows: a balloo...
2018 / 06 / 18
Blue Whale Newcomers and Familiar Humpbacks
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...
2018 / 06 / 07
Irisept, a White Tail and Other Humpback Whale Stories
“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 / 01
Silvery Capelin Sought by Hungry Giants
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 / 05 / 22
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
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...
2018 / 05 / 04
A New Season Begins
“Spring’s arrived!” writes in our collaborator from the town of Franquelin, who has finally seen whales in front of her home after a long “dry spell” of observations! Not...