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 / 04 / 13

    Silhouettes of All Colours

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    April 11: Young grays and white adults are scattered around the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord. “At last,” sighs one employee of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM)...

  • 2018 / 04 / 04

    It’s snowing on the whales!

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The most recent snowfalls this past week give the impression that winter will never end and that spring is reluctant to make its first appearance. This may be the case on dry land, but out at sea, the...

  • 2018 / 03 / 30

    First Spring Visitors

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Sunny skies and rising temperatures are bringing joy and marking the return of the whales! On March 23, in the Sept-Îles area, Jacques Gélineau, a collaborator from INREST, spotted three large spout...

  • 2018 / 03 / 26

    A New Fur Coat Every Year

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    This week’s observations revolve around seals! In Franquelin and Tadoussac, just one harp seal and one gray seal are seen, respectively, while in Gaspé, hundreds of gray seals are discovered ne...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2018 / 03 / 12

    Are seals “chatterboxes”?

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Before tackling this question, here are a few tidbits regarding our St. Lawrence whales. Between 30 and 50 belugas were seen swimming off Les Bergeronnes on February 27: mainly white individuals accom...

  • 2018 / 01 / 19

    Amphibious Mammals along the North Shore

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The lives of seals are split between the sea and the land. Excellent swimmers, they hunt their prey under water with ease. They are built to purpose: streamlined body, webbed feet, absence of external...

  • 2018 / 01 / 11

    White Spouts in a White Landscape

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On the afternoon of January 8, an observer is driving down the “Whale Route” toward Sept-Îles. Upon her arrival at Godbout, at the confluence of the river of the same name, she parks her ...

  • 2017 / 12 / 21

    Noteworthy Stories Awaiting Next Year’s Narratives

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    The year 2017 is winding down. What were the major headlines from this year’s News from Afield? We remember the acrobatics of minke whales at the mouth of the Saguenay, as well as the comings an...

  • 2017 / 12 / 14

    Rediscover a summer holiday spot in a frozen but still inhabited setting

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    After long hours spent this past summer scanning the open sea for whales and pointing them out to visitors, an employee of the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) sets foot in Tadoussac for the...

  • 2017 / 12 / 06

    Tips and Tricks for Recognizing Species

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “On December 3, I spotted two whales off Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé,” writes in one observer, delighted to be seeing whales in December. What species could it be? Not such a simple questio...