Narwhal and rare whales in the St. Lawrence

equipe-chercheurs-apercu-narval-sein(Gaspe) Whales are abundant this summer off the coast of the estuary and the Gulf and they let themselves be observed easily notice the cruise lines. St. Lawrence waters also reserve some nice surprises for researchers, a narwhal far from the Arctic and a few whales.

“Right now, this is an exceptional season, said Sarah Leblond, spokesman for AML Cruises in Tadoussac. super beautiful observations we made since mid-July. “The passengers of a zodiac of the company have also observed very closely a fin whale weekend off Tadoussac.

In Gaspe Bay, the season started out strong from June 1, says Jean Roy, President of Gaspé Bay Cruises. “There were already many whales the first day. They concentrated between Cap-aux-Os and the entrance to the bay. It lasted the whole month of June as usual, it’s more variable. ”

It is through “the abundance and regularity of food,” the giant focused in the bay, said Jean Roy. “The capelin, herring, sand lance and juvenile mackerel is here in large quantities. Seen in our rig. And it’s their pantry. ”

The whales have since moved to Cape Gaspe, farther from home harbor of the company, says Jean Roy, but the comments are good. Over the years, Gaspe experienced other periods where the whales were so close and heavy, he said.

“It’s a good year,” also notes Patrice Corbeil, director of the Center interpretation of marine mammals in Tadoussac. “It is especially related to the fact that the prey is in quantity and weather conditions, excellent. There is no fog banks. “Mr. Corbeil is wrong to say that the season is exceptional.

Narwhal among belugas

A team of researchers saw a narwhal in a group of 60 to 80 whales Friday off Trois-Pistoles, teaches us the website baleinesendirect.org . The individual, gray and therefore darker than beluga, has an ivory tusk spiral of about 40 centimeters.

Researchers aboard the Bleuvet, the ship of the Research Group on Marine Mammals (GREMM) and the National Institute of Ecotoxicology St. Lawrence observed the narwhal for one hour. He remained in the same group of belugas and adopted their behavior up to bubble like them.

The narwhal is not a species of the St. Lawrence; rather, it lives in the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. Another narwhal had been seen in 2003, between Tadoussac and Bergeronnes during an overflight by a team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

In addition, another species less rare in the St. Lawrence, but endangered, whales, is seen these days near Percé, says Patrice Corbeil. A group of five mop in the sector.

Two whales had been seen in the Gaspe Bay on 20 July. “They were near the Anse aux Indians, near the shore, in about 50 feet of water,” says Jean Roy.

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