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.
2019 / 03 / 15
Space to Breath
On March 6, while walking on the beach near the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, an observer noted the presence of harbour seals in the water. “It looks as if they’re sleeping, their heads are poking o...
2019 / 03 / 07
More Blue Whales!
The mild weather in the early part of the week offered comfortable conditions for venturing outside and contemplating the river. Did the higher temperatures have the same effect on marine mammals as t...
2019 / 02 / 21
Marine mammals on the ice and humpbacks in the Caribbean
Off the Gaspé Peninsula town of Newport, 50 or so seals bask on the ice. To observe them, it’s best to have binoculars, as they are 4 or 5 km away. “I’d say they’re probably harp seals,...
2019 / 02 / 15
Godbout is where the action is!
A tiny village of just over 300 inhabitants, Godbout is located in the Côte-Nord (North Shore) region between Baie-Comeau and Baie-Trinité. This municipality is best known for its ferry that connect...
2019 / 02 / 08
It was a perfect day for whale-watching. Light winds, calm sea, light conditions that were neither blinding nor too dim. Off the coast of Gallix, a spout rises high and straight, followed by a long, d...
2019 / 02 / 01
A herd of harp seals is enjoying a break in the ice cover off the docks in Les Escoumins. The group numbers 50 to 60 individuals. This gregarious species visits the waters of the St. Lawrence in winte...
2019 / 01 / 24
Like a Tornado of Snow
The list of observations this week reads more like a weather report: sea smoke, ice floes, gusts, snow squalls, howling winds. The only sighting comes from Baie-Comeau, where a blue whale was observed...
2019 / 01 / 17
A Rare Blue Whale
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
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
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...