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  • Dany Zbinden receives a group on board to introduce them to research work. © Mériscope 2018 / 11 / 07

    Mériscope: Overview of Minke Whales

    By Marie-Ève Muller / This week in the Marine Park

    A 23-foot orange Zodiac called Narval is used to approach minke whales. On board you will find the Mériscope crew, equipped with binoculars, cameras and a crossbow. Founded in 2001, this independent minke whale research group also offers marine biol...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01


    By Jasspreet Sahib / Whale portraits

    Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, no 14, September 14, 2018 H824 is a humpback whale that is easy to spot, thanks to its uniquely patterned tail flukes. Its tail is mostly white, with the exception of the centre (where the two lobes me...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    A sperm whale, again!

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    We all have our favourite species, including our favourite whales. For our collaborator Renaud Pintiaux, “The sperm whale is a species that fascinates me most in the world.” On October 29, he was lucky enough to cross paths with and photo...

  • 2018 / 11 / 01

    Southern Resident Killer Whales: New Measures Announced

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Actions

    The Government of Canada announced further actions to help protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) on October 31, 2018. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Fraser, Parliamentary ...

  • 2018 / 10 / 30

    A Sperm Whale in Front of the Dunes of Tadoussac…By Renaud Pintiaux

    By Renaud Pintiaux / Headline

    Gloomy weather, but the river is calm on this October 29th as I embark on the Grand Fleuve for a whale-watching excursion. Shortly after we leave, we start seeing a few minke whales around the mouth of the Saguenay River and further off of Tadoussa...

  • Humpback whales are still being observed these days. © René Roy (archives) 2018 / 10 / 25

    Fewer Eyes on the Water, but Whales Remain

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    “Can killer whales be seen in Gaspé Bay?” asks a kayaker out at sea with a group near Grande-Grave, off the Gaspé Peninsula. Maybe! Killer whales are occasional visitors to the Gulf, and very rarely to the Estuary (the most recent docum...

  • 2018 / 10 / 25

    Belugas in Aquariums: a Brief History

    By Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Issues

    Follow us on a journey that will take you from the St. Lawrence to Vancouver via Russia, New York and Ottawa, to understand our history with belugas in aquariums. St. Lawrence: source of the first captive belugas The earliest attempts to keep belugas...

  • 2018 / 10 / 24

    Are there krill in the wintertime?

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Questions from the public

    Yes, there are krill in the St. Lawrence in the wintertime. According to a recent study by Dr. Yvan Simard and Nathalie Roy from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the abundance of krill, in fact, was the highest at their monitoring station in the Saguenay...

  • 2018 / 10 / 24

    Ocean School: The Future of Ocean Literacy

    By Jasspreet Sahib / On the calendar

    Dive deep into the vast blue ocean with turtles, whales and fish right from the convenience of your home or classroom with Ocean School. Let your curiosity guide your adventure as you explore the rich and productive cold-water ecosystems of the Gulf ...

  • 2018 / 10 / 18

    Beluga Bonanza

    By Jasspreet Sahib / Observation of the week

    Yesterday a visitor at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) saw several belugas across the Saguenay Fjord through light flurries. “We saw at least 15-20 of them”, she said. The same day, an observer aboard an excursion boat saw lots of ...