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Dawn of a Promising Season

A few days ago, I set sail out of Matane with a friend of mine. In the protected waters between…

|Field Notes 27/5/2020

Is ice a significant natural threat to blue whales in the Gulf?

Revisiting the photos I took this past summer, I pondered some of the specific markings I had observed on blue…

|Field Notes 2/12/2019

A Blue Whale At Last!

I finally encountered my first large rorqual of the season! And it was about time: I had already travelled 240…

|Field Notes 27/5/2019

A history of fidelity

Friday, June 8: after being notified of 3 blue whales purportedly present in the Gaspé region, I decide to head…

|Field Notes 18/6/2018

The humpbacks of Mazatlan

Thursday, January 4, 2018: while a weather bomb is pummelling Quebec, I have an appointment at 7:30 in the morning…

|Field Notes 8/1/2018

A great show in Gaspesie

When you take a whale-watching trip, you need to be lucky to observe a breaching session. To watch two such…

|Field Notes 24/7/2017

My most faithful humpback

According to data provided by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, the humpback whale H626 (MICS catalogue number) – known as…

|Field Notes 17/7/2017

The Beauty of New Life

The month of May is a bit chilly out on the water and windows of favourable weather are somewhat narrower…

|Field Notes 1/6/2017

My First Encounter with Pilot Whales

On Saturday, May 13, together with Katy Gavrilchuk and David Gaspard, members of the Mingan Islands Cetacean Study (MICS) team,…

|Field Notes 16/5/2017

Exciting First Outing of the Spring

On Friday, May 5, I made my first trip out to sea of the 2017 season. Usually I make this…

|Field Notes 10/5/2017

Revelation of the Year: Mingan Humpbacks in my Backyard!… by René Roy

I didn't suspect that I would close out the 2016 season with so many humpback sightings in the Estuary. This…

|Field Notes 3/11/2016

Autumn: an awesome season if you don’t mind the cold and want to see blue whales…

In the Lower Estuary, it seems that fall is the best time to observe blue whales. Compared to other species,…

|Field Notes 3/10/2016

Analysis of a Trip Out to See the Giants…

When searching for large rorquals, just because you have a good boat and you head to a known offshore feeding…

|Field Notes 20/9/2016

Return of Blanco

August 30, 2016: a long 10-hour day out on the water. Eighty-five nautical miles cruising along the south and north…

|Field Notes 2/9/2016

Objective Blue Whale: Guided by the Colour of their Excrement

Despite pleasant summertime temperatures, sustained winds of 20 to 35 knots force me to stay downwind of Cap Gaspé. I…

|Field Notes 18/8/2016

Humpbacks off of Cap Gaspé

Thursday, June 30: two friends and I set out for L'Anse-au-Griffon for a "hit-and-run" birding mission. Our goal is to…

|Field Notes 7/7/2016

A Gam of Fin Whales in the Gaspé

After several days of waiting in early June, a window of favourable weather finally arrived on June 18. And so…

|Field Notes 30/6/2016

First Trip of the Season in Gaspé

The first trip of the season is definitely one of the most exhilarating. The excitement of being on the water…

|Field Notes 30/5/2016

Finding Symphonie in the Middle of the Estuary

I had a great outing in the Estuary on September 22 together with Katy and David, two members of the…

|Field Notes 25/9/2015

Surface Feeding Behaviour in Blue Whales

Sunday, September 13: as usual, I had to deal with the tide when putting my boat into the water and…

|Field Notes 18/9/2015

Straight Out of a Dream

Photos: © René Roy I just woke up from a dream ... A dream in which I was at a…

|Field Notes 21/8/2015

Gaspé Mission: Happy Encounters and a Sad Discovery

Almost five days on the water and some 250 nautical miles covered in the Gaspé-Percé sector from June 30 to…

|Field Notes 10/7/2015