Crinckle

Taken from the newsletter Portrait de baleines, August 16, 2006

The code name of this evocatively nicknamed blue whale is B082. Crinckle indeed has pleated, wrinkled skin, making her easily recognizable and unique, not to mention her seemingly bruised dorsal fin. MICS researchers, who also study blue whales of the Atlantic and Pacific, have never encountered any other whale with this characteristic.

Crinckle was seen and photographed by the MICS team for the first time in 1982, and again in 1984, 1989, 1993 and 1997. Every year between 2000 and 2004, the Mériscope was able to observe and photograph her in the Estuary. Crinckle is a female, as per a biopsy performed in 1993, and the MICS team observed her in 2003 accompanied by a calf, once in the Portneuf-sur-Mer sector and several times in the Matane area.

Crinckle is a regular of the Lower Estuary and has never been photographed along the northern shore of the Gulf, nor around the Gaspé Peninsula area. In 2000, she spent an entire month between Pointe-au-Boisvert and Les Bergeronnes.

Learn more:

Blue whale data sheet