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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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 Gatherings

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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

    Renewed Activity

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    "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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Observation of the week

    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...

  • Départ pour aller installer les perches de la fascine 2015 / 04 / 22

    Of Whales, the Moon and Men.

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Beluga / Observation of the week

    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

    Par Marie-Sophie Giroux / Beluga / Observation of the week

    "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. ...