Where are the whales this week?

A tightly knit network of experienced observers who live according to the rhythm of the St. Lawrence throughout the year. On the waves or on shore, they scan the horizon with passion and patience, watching for the slightest spout. It is thanks to their sharp eyes and living words that we are able to write News from Afield week in and week out. A big thank you to all of our precious collaborators!

Here is the map of observations reported this week. It gives an idea of the presence of whales and does not at all represent the actual distribution of whales in the St. Lawrence. Use it for fun! To read the chronicle of the observations associated with the map, click here: Rumba!

Click on the whale or the seal icon to find out more about the corresponding observation (specie, number of individuals, info, pictures). To enlarge the map, click on the top right corner icon. 

To see the list of the observations, click on the top left corner. 

This map represents an order of magnitude rather than a comprehensive survey.

Legend for the whales

Dark grey: Fin Whale
Black: Right Whale
Turquoise: Humpback Whale
Dark blue: Blue Whale
Light grey: Minke Whale

Yellow: Unknown species

Legend for the dolphins

Light grey: Beluga
Brown: Harbour Porpoise

Legend for the seals

Grey: Grey Seal
Brown: Harp Seal
Turquoise: Harbour Seal

Observations from 2019

August 22 to 28, 2019: Summer Not Quite Over for the Whales

August 8 to 14, 2019: Out of the Ordinary

July 25 to August 8, 2019: Cetacean Acrobats

July 19 to 24, 2019: Tiny Calf Will Become Giant

July 11 to 18, 2019: Noteworthy Fish and Whales Galore

July 4 to 10, 2019: First Dolphins of the Year and a Great-Grandmother

June 22 to 28, 2019: Fins on the horizon!

June 15 to 21, 2019: Large Rorquals from the North Shore to the Gaspé Peninsula

June 7 to 14, 2019 : Tic Tac Toe, Snowball, Petite Fleur and Leprechaun

May 30 to June 6, 2019: Tiny Fish Fall Prey to Teeth and Baleen

Observations from 2018

Full Breach!, September 19 to 23

Whale-“listening”, September 8 to 18

September Blues, September 1 to 07

Gannets Galore!, August 25 to 31

Sperm Whale in Sight, August 18 to 24

Great Week for Observations, August 11 to 17

A Head, a Tail, a Body Out of the Water!, August 4 to 10

Little Bundles of Life, July 28 to August 3

Navigating through the Fog, July 21 to 28

Identifying Humpbacks X and Zip, July 7 to 13

Where There Is Prey, There Are Whales!, June 30 to July 6

We wouldn’t want to be a capelin…, June 23 to 29

Gaspésie Invaded by “Jubartes” or “Megaptera”, June 16 to 22


Etched in Our Memories, October 1 to 7

Big Loafers and Sea Torpedoes, September 24 to 30

Up Close or From Afar, September 17 to 23

Movement of Prey Conditions That of Whales, September 10 to 16

Movement in the St. Lawrence, September 3 to 9

In Groups or Alone?, August 27 to September 2

Detective for a Day, August 20 to 26

A Week of Questions and Surprises!, July 26 to August 3

Familiar Whales, Satisfied Observers, July 19 to 26

Intriguing Observations, July 12 to 19

Searching for Whales to Research, July 5 to 12

Diversity of Species and Behaviours to Discover, June 28 to July 5

A Breath of Fresh Air in Gaspésie, June 21 to 28

Minke Whales and Winter Seals in the Middle of Summer, June 14 to 21

Individual Identification Possible, but Far from Easy, June 8 to 14

Summer Frenzy in the Gulf, June 1 to 8