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 / 09 / 18

    Whale-“listening”

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With a hesitation in her step, she walks down the ramp to the boat launch in the Tadoussac marina, where a Zodiac is waiting for her. “It’s steep, be careful,” the captain warns her. Holdin...

  • 2018 / 09 / 07

    September Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Just before students head back to school and knitting season returns, the long Labour Day weekend has allowed thousands of vacationers to flock to the North Shore and Gaspé regions. And the whales we...

  • 2018 / 08 / 30

    Gannets Galore!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With her tuque snug over her ears, one observer marvels at three gannets as they dive in unison off the rocks of the Cap de Bon-Désir observation site in Les Bergeronnes on August 26. That same day, ...

  • 2018 / 08 / 24

    Sperm Whale in Sight!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “It’s been a dream season,” says a captain/naturalist as he shares a video of a sperm whale he shot off Les Escouminson August 19 with GREMM researchers. A visit to the Saguenay-St....

  • 2018 / 08 / 21

    Great Week for Observations

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / News from Afield / Observation of the week

    “In 51 years of watching whales, I’ve never seen that!” At the end of the line, the voice of our observer trembles with excitement. Off Pointe-des-Monts, on August 12 and 14, he witnessed feedin...

  • 2018 / 08 / 13

    A head, a Tail, a Body Out of the Water!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    July 31: A pointed snout pierces the surface and rises like a skyscraper out of the waters off Les Bergeronnes. The fin whale observes the whale-watching boat parked a few hundred metres away. Scienti...

  • 2018 / 08 / 03

    Little Bundles of Life

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    They’re about one-third the size of an adult and still stick close to their mothers’ sides. Calves of several species have been seen along the shores of the St. Lawrence almost everywhere ...

  • 2018 / 07 / 27

    Navigating through the Fog

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Observation of the week

    It’s been a quiet week on the North Shore, as a persistent sea fog has shrouded the St. Lawrence. Research activities and marine mammal observations have been reduced to a trickle. Sea fog is fo...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Identifying Humpbacks X and Zip

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “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...