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 / 05 / 11

    Recognizing Whales by their Backs

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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...

  • Troupeau de rorquals communs © GREMM 2018 / 05 / 04

    A New Season Begins

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    “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...

  • 2018 / 04 / 26

    White Dots at Sea and Exquisite Darts in the Skies

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    From the distant white dots identified every morning at the mouth of the Saguenay to the close-up views of animals near the docks in La Malbaie on April 22, beluga sightings are on the rise this week....

  • 2018 / 04 / 20

    Seals by the hundreds, seabird numbers on the rise and belugas between island and mountains

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    Our collaborator from Pointe-des-Monts confirms: “no whales in sight, but there were “sea wolves” by the ton!” speaking of his observations from last weekend (April 14-15). His...

  • 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...