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

Our boat slowly works its way along a tide rip between Prince Shoal and Île Rouge. Exactly like a fin whale is doing as it swims between the greenish waters of the St. Lawrence and the darker waters flowing out of the Saguenay.

Four or five minke whales are meandering not far from the fin whale.

While we’re at a standstill, a “tiny” seal surfaces just a few feet from our boat. I snap a few photos of what seems to be one very curious young harbour seal!

A short while later, we’re at the entrance of the Saguenay Fjord. A solitary beluga swims alongside the cliffs. I recognize it: it’s a regular… a “star”… it’s Yogi! Yogi is a well known female to researchers, who first encountered her in… 1987!!!

The beautiful summer has only just begun, and already there have been so many wonderful moments offshore!

Here are a few photos of the day:

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Field Notes - 27/6/2016

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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