Several hours at sea for Week 6 in the field! In total: 20 hours with belugas and 5 censuses. We encountered a number of herds, each of which numbered about fifty individuals. The following is an encounter with an individual exhibiting remarkable behaviour!

Friday, August 7, 2015: this happened at the end of an encounter with a herd of young adults. There are about 80 animals, split up into no less than nine groups. It’s late morning, and we’re near Île aux Pommes off of Trois-Pistoles. It’s an ideal day with perfect visibility and hardly any waves. Despite the active behaviour of the animals (they are swimming in circles and vocalizing at the water surface), which complicates the task of photo taking, we manage to snap a number of pictures of animals with marks allowing for identification. Just before leaving, a large male approaches us, sticks his head out of the water and chatters his teeth several times! We are taken aback by this most extraordinary behaviour! Why does he do it? That remains a mystery…

Click on the map to navigate with the Bleuvet and discover the highlights of the week! Although this map is only available in French, the image it illustrates goes beyond language.


DL1050 – available for adoption

DL0269 – available for adoption

DL0248 – available for adoption

Blanche – adopted in 2014 by the municipality of Tadoussac

Céline – adopted in 1997 by Leslie B. Durst

Jetstream – adopted in 2002 by The Fairmount Vancouver Airport

DL0370 – adopted in 2014 by the Vancouver Aquarium

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 - 11/9/2015

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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