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 / 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,...

  • 2018 / 10 / 12

    Red Foliage and Colourful Backs

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    The cruise ship Narval III of the whale-watching company Croisières Baie de Gaspé docked for the last time on October 11, and it was not because of a lack of whales. “It must have been -5oC ou...

  • Dauphins à flancs blancs © Renaud Pintiaux 2018 / 10 / 09

    Chills and Thrills: Autumn Sightings

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On the wharf used by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, a thin coat of frost glistens. “Time to migrate south!” exclaims research coordinator Christian Ram...

  • 2018 / 09 / 27

    A Forest of Spouts

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    On September 23, no sooner does the cruise begin when the captain yells out “Breach!” Off Les Bergeronnes, the 15-metre long body of a humpback crashes with a loud splash on the water surf...

  • 2018 / 09 / 21

    Full Breach!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Thirty-three! Thirty-three times, a minke whales breached before a dumbstruck observer standing on the pink granite of Pointe Rouge overlooking Tadoussac Bay. On September 14, this minke whale also da...

  • 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, ...