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

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IDENTIFICATIONS 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.

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