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 / 11 / 01

    Multiple Species in a Single Glance

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    For his last outing of the season, a recreational fisherman sets out in La Tabatière, in Quebec’s Basse-Côte-Nord region. While his line is dangling in the water, he spots two large spouts that n...

  • 2019 / 10 / 24

    En Route to Winter Quarters

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    As the number of eyes scanning the water decreases, the number of sightings reported is also on the decline. Are there fewer whales in these parts? Despite being posted daily at the Tadoussac dunes,...

  • 2019 / 10 / 17

    Pilot whales?

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Two observers, one in Les Escoumins (north shore), the other in Baie-des-Sables (south shore), asked the following question this week: “Is it possible that I might have seen long-finned pilot whales...

  • 2019 / 10 / 03

    Autumn is for Humpbacks

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Seven black-and-white tails rise into the air one after the other before disappearing into the dark river. “It’s a ballet of tails,” exclaims GREMM’s lead naturalist on September 28. Another t...

  • 2019 / 09 / 27

    Minke Whales and Their Flair

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Perhaps because they prefer coastal habitats, minke whales are one of the most frequently observed cetacean species in the St. Lawrence. Almost every day, a minke whale has been feeding near the Marin...

  • 2019 / 09 / 19

    Rumba!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A three-way ballet… a race in which body touches body. All around the massive but elegant blue whales, water splashes, spurts, and sprays. On September 13, Richard Sears of the Mingan Island Cet...

  • 2019 / 09 / 13

    Whales in the Storm

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The sighting map appears a little sparse this week. Have all the whales left? Not necessarily. Weather conditions prevented many boats from setting sail, including those of the Mingan Island Cetacean ...

  • 2019 / 09 / 05

    Humpbacks Aplenty and Blue Whale Tails!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    A long-time observer and former resident of Tadoussac sets out on a whale-watching cruise on September 1. The skyscape reflects off the waters of the St. Lawrence like a mirror. The boat’s captain s...

  • 2019 / 08 / 30

    Summer Not Quite Over for the Whales

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    August 28: A bright-eyed naturalist returns to the wharf in Percé. No sooner does the boat leave the docks when she and her passengers cross paths with a minke whale. Then, a group of three fin whale...

  • 2019 / 08 / 23

    Thirteen Humpback Whales and Their Little Ones

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    We often talk about endangered species, but we rarely emphasize how well other species are doing. And humpback whale populations around the world are thriving. From “Threatened” in 1982 to “Not ...