Calves, calves, and more calves.

The beluga calving season is in full swing. Despite the newborn mortalities recorded in recent weeks, our observations out at sea have been encouraging. As part of the research project on communication between mothers and calves, we spent the week again in the Saguenay River and its mouth. We had a number of very nice encounters this week. In particular, a few hours spent in Baie Sainte-Marguerite with a herd of females with young and… five calves.

Again this week, Amanita and Athena were seen almost daily. But the surprise of the week was DL0169. DL0169 was first photographed in 1977 by Leone Pippard. At the time, she was already an all-white adult. If, as our records suggest, females become white around the age of 14 on average, DL0169 would be at least 50 years old.

DL0169 © GREMM

Click on the map to navigate with the Bleuvet and discover the highlights of the week!


Athéna — collective adoption,
Nomi — adopted in 2014 by Tadoussac Elderhostel,
Annakpok — adopted in 2014 by Canada Steamship Lines,
Hector — adoption pending by par les Cowboys Fringants et leurs fans,
DL169, DL829, DL9039, DL9018.
The complete list of identified belugas requires meticulous efforts to match individuals, which will be undertaken after the field season.
BLV120820_1123Property of the GREMM and the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology, the Bleuvet is a research boat dedicated to the research program on St. Lawrence belugas. Managed by GREMM scientific director Robert Michaud, the Bleuvet crew is composed of Michel Moisan, Tim Perrero and Simon Moisan.
Field Notes - 11/8/2016

Équipe du GREMM

Led by scientific director Robert Michaud, the research team of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) studies St. Lawrence beluga whales and large rorquals (humpback, blue and fin whales) at sea. The Bleuvet and the BpJAM leave the port of Tadoussac every morning to gather valuable information on the life of the whales of the St. Lawrence Estuary.

Recommended articles

The Belugas of Cacouna

“Hey look! Over there! A beluga!” Posted on our observation platform on the sacred mountain of Gros-Cacouna, Sami and I…

|Field Notes 20/9/2022

Invasive Aquatic Species Project

The week of July 11 to 15 marked the second year of sampling for our project in collaboration with Fisheries…

|Field Notes 18/8/2022

Marine Observation Activities

Since 1994, sampling has been conducted on nearly 3,000 excursionsin the heart of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park by the…

|Field Notes 11/8/2022