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.
2015 / 07 / 31
Looking for whales with our ears
At Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, some thirty fin whales are present, both "known" faces and newcomers. Are they easy to spot? More or less, as there is a thick shroud of fog as well. To succeed, we must us...
2015 / 07 / 23
Large herds of gray seals off Tadoussac are attracting increasing attention. Fin whales are also congregating. On July 19, not far offshore from Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, the Mingan Island Cetacean Stu...
2015 / 07 / 22
A Whiskery Creature in La Baie
July 20, 2015: Long whiskers appear on the water surface; a bearded seal startles a photographer at the marina in the town of La Baie on the Saguenay....
2015 / 07 / 17
"Might things be picking up in the region?" enquires one of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) team members after several whales arrive in the region of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. Nearly 20 fin wha...
2015 / 07 / 10
Four Killer Whales in the Lower North Shore, One Possibly Identified
Photos taken between La Tabatière and Gros-Mécatina in the Basse-Côte-Nord region (in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Newfoundland) confirm the presence of four killer whales on July 4, possibly thre...
2015 / 07 / 09
Familiar Faces in Gaspésie
A black "iris" shape on the right lobe and a white "seven" in the centre of the tail; cat eyes right in the middle of the tail; and a "ghost" on the tip of the right lobe: these are the respective fac...
2015 / 04 / 22
Of Whales, the Moon and Men.
The “fishermen” positioned nearly 3500 saplings in four days, though they purposely neglected to “set the trap” by making sure the saplings were far enough apart to avoid captu...
2015 / 04 / 09
Belugas Return to the Estuary
"Almost in real time", emphasizes Robert Michaud as he calls the Whales On Line team on April 8. Indeed, barely an hour earlier, he had spotted a beluga offshore from his home in Les Bergeronnes. ...