A mother beluga and her offspring gracefully slip through the waters of the St. Lawrence under the watchful eye of an aunt about to give birth. Quebec soprano Jessica Latouche accompanies them with one of the most beautiful songs of classical opera, Addio del passato from Verdi’s La Traviata.

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With the participation of soprano Jessica Latouche, pianist Louise Pelletier and Marc-Antoine D’Aragon. Recorded at Studio Tourneson. An original idea by Gaston Déry. Directed by Alain Belhumeur.

Music: Addio del passato, taken from the opera La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi.

Images: Filmed using a light drone in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park.

News - 8/2/2017

Josiane Cabana

Josiane Cabana served as Director for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network call centre from 2011 to 2018. When she’s not responding to cases of dead or vulnerable marine mammals, she likes to take the time to educate local residents on the threats faced by these animals. Biologist by training, she has been involved with the GREMM for more than 15 years, and always with the same undying passion!

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