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End-of-season field notes 2017 (part II)

The last trip offshore for the year took place on November 4. Here is the second part of these Field…

|Field Notes 17/9/2019

The last one from sea

It is the end of the 2018 season on the water but there is still life at sea. It is…

|Field Notes 7/11/2018

A sperm whale in front of the dunes of Tadoussac

Gloomy weather, but the river is calm on this October 29th as I embark on the Grand Fleuve for a whale-watching excursion.…

|Field Notes 30/10/2018

Ti-Croche, artiste and a minke whale in the air

A look back at the observations of the last two weeks off Tadoussac. At the end of May, it was…

|Field Notes 5/6/2018

Start of 2018 season on the St. Lawrence: a beautiful transition!

Whale-watching cruises in the Tadoussac region resumed on April 27. After six months on land, what a joy it is…

|Field Notes 3/5/2018

End-of-season field notes 2017 (part I)

The field season ended on November 4. But there are still quite noteworthy observations (marine mammals, birds, landscapes) and two…

|Field Notes 7/11/2017

Minke whale with calf and two fin whales

June 2, 2017. Foray off Tadoussac and an exceptional morning observation! According to my information, this is the first one…

|Field Notes 5/6/2017

Focus: Harbor Seals of the Saguenay Fjord

In the past few days, spotting and locating minke whales and fin whales off the coast of Tadoussac has proven…

|Field Notes 18/5/2017

Offshore Season Kicks Off in Tadoussac!

Since May 1, I finally have the pleasure once again to sail the waters of the St. Lawrence Estuary… to…

|Field Notes 9/5/2017

DL220 off Cap de Bon-Désir!

April 10, 2017. Back on the rocks of Cap de Bon-Désir. Rather quickly, I spot with my binoculars a herd…

|Field Notes 12/4/2017

First Days of Spring in Haute-Côte-Nord

March 21, 2017. Afternoon of dream at the Cape of Bon-Désir, near Les Bergeronnes. A river ever so serene. As…

|Field Notes 22/3/2017

Still plenty of belugas on the upper north shore

By Renaud Pintiaux January 17 and 18: I’m back on the rocks of Cape de Bon-Desir. Once again, it’s the…

|Field Notes 26/1/2017

Start of 2017 in Haute-Côte-Nord: A Fin Whale and a Group of Belugas

By Renaud Pintiaux The year’s off to a great start! January 2: I’ve no sooner arrived at Cap de Bon-Desir,…

|Field Notes 10/1/2017

End of November: Two Humpbacks and a Survivor!… by Renaud Pintiaux

November 25, 2016, Cap de Bon-Désir: moderate winds from the northeast and a few flurries begin to fall this morning.…

|Field Notes 1/12/2016
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Birds and Marine Mammals, Focus on Gray Seals and… a Jellyfish!

Rain and wind have pummelled the Haute-Côte-Nord region in recent days, but no matter! I've been spending a lot of…

|Field Notes 23/11/2016

On the Rocks of Cap de Bon-Désir

The season on the water is over, but marine mammals have yet to leave the area! From November 5 to…

|Field Notes 15/11/2016

Final Trip Offshore for the 2016 Season and an Exceptional Observation!

November 5: we're back on the waters of the Estuary for the last whale-watching cruise of 2016. Shortly after leaving…

|Field Notes 10/11/2016

Early November and Continuing Action off Tadoussac!

The field season is drawing to a close, and for real this time! Nevertheless, whales are still numerous off Tadoussac…

|Field Notes 7/11/2016

And the Season Continues!

The offshore season has been extended one week... Awesome! On October 30, ours was the only boat out at sea.…

|Field Notes 2/11/2016

Focus on Fin Whales

December 9, 2015: from the rocks of Cap de Bon-Desir, I spotted five fin whales with my binoculars and took…

|Field Notes 31/10/2016

A Special Visitor off Tadoussac

October 17: offshore foray out of Tadoussac. Near Prince Shoal, we first cross paths with several minke whales feeding near…

|Field Notes 22/10/2016

Zipper, Trou, Gray Seals and Minke Whales

October 13, 2016: With the beautiful autumn light and breathtaking landscapes, it was another splendid trip out to sea from…

|Field Notes 20/10/2016

Great Diversity off the Coasts of our Villages

The past several days have been quite spectacular off the coasts of our villages. What diversity! There is a strong…

|Field Notes 4/10/2016

Tail of a Fin Whale

Another beautiful morning on the water off of Tadoussac. Variable cloudiness and calm waters. A pair of fin whales near…

|Field Notes 1/9/2016

Breaching Minke Whale and Surface Feeding Humpback

More great moments were enjoyed off Tadoussac on the morning of August 25, 2016. Moderate winds from the southwest and…

|Field Notes 1/9/2016

The Pictures Speak for Themselves

Following a fantastic day off Tadoussac on August 17, 2016, here is an album exceptionally full of photos, all taken…

|Field Notes 22/8/2016

A Forest of Spouts…

On the morning of August 13, as the tide was rising, we identify a group of fin whales in the…

|Field Notes 18/8/2016

Cetacean Beauty and Acrobatics

Lots of action off shore in recent days. Of course, there are those rarities that have been observed on several…

|Field Notes 17/8/2016

Gray Seals, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and Spectacular Scenery

In recent days, we've been observing gatherings of hundreds of gray seals off of Tadoussac. Above them, flocks of herring…

|Field Notes 1/8/2016

Powerful Spouts, Beaming Sun, Shear Awe… by Renaud Pintiaux

Four to six fin whales have set up camp in recent days in the area between Tadoussac and Les Escoumins.…

|Field Notes 21/7/2016

Under the Summer Sun: Yogi, a Few Rorquals and a Curious Seal

June 24, 2016: a fantastic trip off of Tadoussac to celebrate Saint-Jean Baptiste Day! Bright sun, light winds. Breathtaking landscapes. Our…

|Field Notes 27/6/2016

The Power of Fin Whales and the Energy of Minke Whales

On the morning of June 3, as our boat sat motionless for several minutes off the Prince Shoal Lighthouse, two…

|Field Notes 9/6/2016

At Least Six Fin Whales off Tadoussac

On the morning of May 31, it was a thrill to locate no fewer than six fin whales between Prince…

|Field Notes 4/6/2016

Five Fin Whales, a Minke Whale in Action and a Festival of Jaegers

On the morning of May 29, we observe five fin whales offshore between Tadoussac and Les Bergeronnes. Their huge blasts…

|Field Notes 1/6/2016

First trip out to sea

How great it feels to be on the water again! A new season begins... Back to the majestic St. Lawrence,…

|Field Notes 12/5/2016

Beyond Cap de Bon-Désir, fin whale Bp929…

[caption id="attachment_16956" align="alignright" width="150"] Rorqual commun non reconnu[/caption] On December 5, through my binoculars, I spot five fin whales, two…

|Field Notes 9/12/2015

Minke Whale Santafin at Cap de Bon-Désir…

Luck and patience. These are the two key words if ones hopes to enjoy interesting sightings of marine mammals from…

|Field Notes 7/12/2015

Harbour Seal Gathering in Tadoussac

November 30, 2015: Tadoussac: I'm walking on the beach, from Tadoussac Bay to the dunes. At this time of year…

|Field Notes 2/12/2015

Close of 2015 Season Off the Shores of Tadoussac

It's one of the last trips offshore for the 2015 season. There's a tinge of sadness, for sure, but it's…

|Field Notes 28/10/2015

Fall Temperatures and Breaching Minke Whale

A strong wind is blowing from the west-southwest today, Monday, October 19. Nevertheless, I have the pleasure of observing a…

|Field Notes 20/10/2015

A Gorgeous October Morning

The wind is blowing from the northwest. It's a sunny but chilly day. The beauty of the landscape is breathtaking:…

|Field Notes 9/10/2015

A Ballet of Minke Whales, Gray Seals and Black-legged Kittiwakes

September 10: this morning, calm conditions seem to be reigning off the coast of Tadoussac. This is but an illusion.…

|Field Notes 14/9/2015

The Great Feast off Tadoussac

The river is calm. The Sun is shining brightly above our heads. A storm looms in the distance, coming from…

|Field Notes 28/8/2015

From Tadoussac to Les Escoumins, Another Magical Day…

How can we forget that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world when, on this…

|Field Notes 20/8/2015

Northern gannets steal the show from whales in Tadoussac

In recent days, gannet observations almost overshadow those of whales, at least as far as I'm concerned! They number in…

|Field Notes 18/8/2015