The river is calm. The Sun is shining brightly above our heads. A storm looms in the distance, coming from the west. Several minke whales are spotted off the shores of Tadoussac. Over fifteen individuals are gathered in a small area. Some of them are actively feeding near the surface. Their ventral grooves are expanded and are red with exertion. On several occasions, I observe minke whales in pairs. Both individuals follow the same course, probably in pursuit of their prey.

Above the water, flocks of gannets, like the minke whales, are chasing after schools of fish; they, too, are partaking in the feast. Also present are hundreds of kittiwakes and gulls –Bonaparte’s, herring and great black-backed – not to mention several groups of gray seals who seem unfazed by the frenzy of minke whales just a few metres away!

Photos: © Renaud Pintiaux

4417_112829709745_3688559_n_modifié-1-e1432474398285GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round and regardless of whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe the marine mammals and birds of the Saguenay–St. Lawerence Marine Park.

Field Notes - 28/8/2015

Renaud Pintiaux

GREMM research assistant from 2003 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, Renaud Pintiaux is a passionate observer and photographer. Year round, whether from shore or on the water, he takes every opportunity to observe marine mammals and birds in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

Recommended articles

What does GREMM do in winter? (2/2)

[Continuation of article “What does GREMM do in winter? (2/2)”] Every winter, when the whales leave the Estuary, many of…

|Field Notes 25/4/2022

Spring Arrivals

Every year, when the month of April kicks off in the Haute-Côte-Nord region, an indescribable emotion begins to flow through…

|Field Notes 18/4/2022

What does GREMM do in winter? (1/2 )

When fall arrives and the whales leave the St. Lawrence Estuary for the winter, GREMM takes its boats out of…

|Field Notes 13/4/2022