On the morning of June 3, as our boat sat motionless for several minutes off the Prince Shoal Lighthouse, two fin whales provided a nice surprise, surfacing just a few metres in front of us. Here’s a video showing this beautiful moment. Watch and listen to their powerful blasts! You can watch this video in high definition (click on settings, bottom right).

Six individuals are still roaming in our area.

On a cool and misting morning on June 7, we had the chance to spend some time with a minke whale feeding near the surface. I had to study its behaviour for a good half hour before I could guess where it was going to resurface and poke its head out of the water. I was able to capture the moment with my camera.

Other photos of the day include this gull carrying in its bill… a feather of one of its fellow gulls!

Whether the sun is shining, rain is falling or fog is shrouding the river waters, every trip offshore is unique and magical…

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Field Notes - 9/6/2016

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.

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