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.

  • Rorqual bleu, 19 mai 2018 © René Roy 2019 / 01 / 17

    A Rare Blue Whale

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    January 12: After weeks of seeing nothing but drifting ice and seals on the move, a large spout draws the observer’s attention. The bluish-grey back, the protuberance around the blowhole and the...

  • 2019 / 01 / 10

    A New Year of Observations Begins

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    As 2018 was winding down, one observer in Bonaventure in the Gaspé Peninsula observes three tall puffs, all appearing at the same time. There are therefore three whales in Chaleur Bay. He describes t...

  • 2018 / 12 / 20

    A Few Final Breaths to Say Goodbye

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Cap-d’Espoir, December 15. The black backs of two humpback whales emerge from the dark water. Their rounded spouts and the appearance of their tails at the end of their breathing sequence make i...

  • Humpback whales have bushy blows, just like these two photographed in the St. Lawrence last week in the crisp, cold winter air. © Francis Paquet 2018 / 12 / 13

    Balloon-shaped Spouts

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    December 8: Gaspé Bay is glowing in the sun. A balloon-shaped spout erupts from the water surface, followed by a second one. Two black backs swim side by side. A black and white tail appears, then an...

  • 2018 / 12 / 06

    Whales and Seals Amid the Ice Floes

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “They’re breaching!” exclaims an innkeeper from Forillon, in the Gaspé Peninsula. It’s December 3 and the week is off to a good start for him: through his window, he observes ...

  • 2018 / 11 / 30

    When the Waves Calm Down

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The extreme weather of the past few days has not been very conducive to marine observations. In addition to repeated snowstorms that severely hampered visibility, large waves have pounded the coast. H...

  • 2018 / 11 / 22

    Three Big Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Three big blues!” exclaims an observer. He observes the three majestic animals Sunday morning 3 or 4 nautical miles south of the North Shore municipality of Islet-aux-Caribous. The animal...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    A sperm whale, again!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    We all have our favourite species, including our favourite whales. For our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux, “The sperm whale is a species that fascinates me most in the world.” On October 29,...

  • Humpback whales are still being observed these days. © René Roy (archives) 2018 / 10 / 25

    Fewer Eyes on the Water, but Whales Remain

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Can killer whales be seen in Gaspé Bay?” asks a kayaker out at sea with a group near Grande-Grave, off the Gaspé Peninsula. Maybe! Killer whales are occasional visitors to the Gulf, and...

  • 2018 / 10 / 18

    Beluga Bonanza

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Observation of the week

    Yesterday a visitor at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) saw several belugas across the Saguenay Fjord through light flurries. “We saw at least 15-20 of them”, she said. The same day,...