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 / 04 / 04

    “First of the Year”

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “My first whale for 2019!” exclaims a whale-watching outfitter in the Gaspé Peninsula. His first observation was made through his daughter’s kitchen window on March 31. While taking a break...

  • 2019 / 03 / 27

    Return of the Belugas

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Observation of the week

    March 24: “They’re back!” says our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux. From a coastal road in Port-au-Saumon, not far from Saint-Siméon, he observes nearly a dozen white backs poking above th...

  • 2019 / 03 / 15

    Space to Breath

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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!

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Observation of the week

    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...

  • Jeune phoque du Groenland allaité © Elston Hill 2019 / 02 / 21

    Marine mammals on the ice and humpbacks in the Caribbean

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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

    February Blues

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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...

  • Phoques du Groenland sur la glace 2019 / 02 / 01

    Pinnipeds Galore!

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    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...

  • 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...